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Stefan G. Bucher is a man possessed. When an idea pops into his head he can’t stop until he somehow makes it real. Over the years this has led him to move from his native Germany to Southern California, where he got himself a degree from a killer art school. It pushed him to work as an art director at one of the world’s best ad agencies in one of the world’s wettest cities. It also got him fired from said agency less than a year later.

He then moved back to Los Angeles and became the man behind the 344 Design Empire. He has designed CD covers for just about every major record company and for a few minor ones, too. He has done work for Sting and Whitney Houston, and once rode in an elevator with the great Hunter S. Thompson three times in a row.

Now that everybody downloads their music on iTunes he has moved on to making books and art catalogs. He’s good at it, too. British Design & Art Direction gave him a Yellow Pencil for “Most Outstanding Complete Book Design” for his design of the five-and-a-half pound American Photography 17 annual, which—if you’re not following the graphic design awards circuit—is a very impressive thing. In 2004 the Art Directors Club of New York declared him a Young Gun, which wasn’t too shabby, either.

He has written and designed the gratuitously ambitious books:

YOU DESERVE A MEDAL
344 Questions: The Creative Person's Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment


YOU DESERVE A MEDAL
Honors on the Path to True Love


THE GRAPHIC EYE
Photographs by Graphic Designers From Around The Globe


100 DAYS OF MONSTERS

ALL ACCESS
The Making of 30 Extraordinary Graphic Designers