Now Is Better

— Stefan Sagmeister & Jessica Walsh

Grand Prix


Now Is Better

I’d much rather live now than in other time in history. This is the first time that large parts of the world population can be in charge of their own destiny. Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker shows that crime (= death by the hand of another man) actually decreased in every single century over the last 2000 years, including the twentieth century that featured both world wars and the Holocaust. We made this little typographic film for our exhibition The Happy Show at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. It likely will also be featured in our upcoming documentary The Happy Film, to be published at the end of 2013.

Stefan Sagmeister & Jessica Walsh

Stefan Sagmeister was born in Austria and lives and works in New York. He has worked for the Rolling Stones, The Talking Heads, Lou Reed, The Guggenheim Museum and Levis. Exhibitions on Sagmeister’s work have been mounted in New York, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Paris, Lausanne, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne and Berlin. 

Jessica Walsh is a multidisciplinary designer working in New York City. Her work has won her design awards from the Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, Print, and Graphis. She has received various celebrated distinctions such as Computer Art’s “Top Rising Star in Design,” an Art Director’s Club “Young Gun,” and Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artist”.