This pared-down office is a conscious choice for Sagmeister, whose previous work experiences reflected a very different model. When Sagmeister worked for Leo Burnett in Hong Kong, he had a much larger group of handpicked designers. In that context, he was more of a manager, and, from his perspective, managing a small design group is among the least interesting jobs there is. "If I would want to become a manager, I would much rather go to business school and work on Wall Street where you actually have some challenges," he comments.
Sagmeister serves as the art director for all of the work that comes through the studio. Keeping the chain of command simplified, particularly if you are the commander, makes for an efficient and focused work environment.