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Change We Can Believe In

Two talented New York designers, Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Hische, have recently designed type using coins. As part of his ongoing series entitled “Things I have learned in my life so far” Sagmeister orchestrated a massive typographic public art installation incorporating over 250,000 eurocents to spell out the phrase “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.” The entire process is documented on his blog and through Flickr. In a different context and scale, Jessica Hische recently designed type using US currency for a feature in William Safire’s On Language section for the New York Times Magazine.

Obsessions Make My Life Worse and My Life Better

Obsessions Make My Life Worse and My Life Better

Tedious Assembly

Tedious Assembly



Close-up of Coins

Close-up of Coins



  1. Maarten says:

    That’s amazing. How can they keep overview on such a large scale?

    Great quote by the way: “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.”

  2. ODWGOOG says:

    Money as a form of art and communication in a clever way, just wonderful

  3. Oliver says:

    Oh, I hate Stefan for doing such great stuff! ;)

  4. Beautiful Disaster linked to this article saying, “I love the concept.”

  5. Peter Hajdin says:

    This is amazing. I admire Stefan for being this obsessive :)

  6. XPEZ says:

    LEISURE ART for the Bourgeoisie

  7. Laura says:

    Oh hell, i LOVE this guy.

  8. Miles says:

    WOW, truly inspiring. Can somebody tell me the next time something like this is happening so I can be apart of it, or even just witness it.

  9. Fred wallin says:

    Reminiscent but by know means like the art of Hans haake, a conceptual artist. Used the printed word. Check him out you’d might appreciate him.

  10. Ty Wilkins says:

    Thanks for the recommendation Fred.

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