Last night I visited The Happy Show, an exhibit that looks at Stefan Sagmeister’s exploration of happiness. Not only was it interesting to see different people’s interpretation of the concept of happiness, but it allowed the viewer a little insight to Sagmeister’s life. The exhibit was humourous and interactive, featuring a variety of images, videos, typography explorations, and elements for viewers to interact with.
The exhibit was personalized to the space, providing a little life and humour. Even the wall fixtures had a voice.
One of the interactive elements was a series of gum ball machines to illustrate how happy people are.
One of my favourite TED talks is Sagmeister’s The Power of Taking Time Off. Of course, this point was illustrated at the exhibit more than once.
Another interactive element asks the viewers to power up a series of neon letters by riding a bicycle on the other side of the room:
The show is on at the Design Exchange in Toronto until the end of the week if you are interested, and I do highly recommend it for anyone (not just designers).