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Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show

By April 9, 2012

There is an amazingThe Happy Show exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art, now through August 12, that combines graphic design, psychology and philosophy .  Stefan Sagmeister, an designer renowned for his album art, explores themes of happiness through bold, interactive design. The works are inspired by Sagmeister's experiment with meditation, cognitive therapy and mood-altering pharmaceuticals. The purpose of his experiement was to train his mind, in the way you can train your body, to produce an overall sense of well-being. Using typography and bright imagery Sagemeister relays messages of encouragement and positivity. You are invited to position your face in a smile meter, the bigger your smile, the brighter the phrase "step up to it" lights up. Pedal the stationary platform bike and a maxim for productivity inspired satisfaction appears. You will likely walk away likely show inspired and uplifted. The ICA is at 36th and Sansom and is a free musuem.

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