Love how passionate Mr. Sagmeister gets about the importance of beauty in digital design.
Stefan speaks like a master.
Notice that he delivers opinions and points of view that may even be controversial, but he does it in a humble and welcoming way. He never puts down other designers (or design movements) and he uses terminology like "we" even when it may not directly involve him, implying that as a community of designers, we are all in this together. I really appreciate that. As designers, we can sometimes be quick to separate and oppose each other, but at the end of the day, we are all in this together. We should be supporting, encouraging, and challenging each other as we collectively define what design is. Not letting our egos get in the way (which, despite being a "celebrity" designer, I really didn't see Stefan display any ego here - just pure passion for the craft).
Beyond that, holy crap is he well-read! Those references to architectural and cultural movements (and how they relate to design) were really impressive.
As an Austrian (no kangaroo) listening to two Austrians, one of them having a very strong Austrian english accent... this is very weird to listen to :D
It's so refreshing to hear a defense of Beauty and a harsh critique of Utilitarianism/Functionalism.