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Commemorative Sheepies

Earlier this year we came up with the idea of sending ten copies of Stop Being Sheep around the country for each Sheepie contributor to sign. Luckily, Graham Wood was in and around the New York metropolitan area rather than his far-flung home of Sweden, so that gave us the kick start we needed. We packed up ten Sheepies, three sharpies (because they sound like sheepies), instructions and a bunch of pre-filled and -paid labels, and sent them on to the East Coast. (Yes, more specifically New York — and Virginia).


Two and a half months later we got the box back via Kenneth FitzGerald. Now with an added sixteenth of an inch of translucent packing tape.


To our surprise the box itself had now become a traveling circus. Sam Potts pasted a photocopy of Tibor Kalman, he also included a couple postcards that James Victore then stole and Kenneth FitzGerald included a chocolate that I then ate. (What? I didn’t want it to get melted). Oh, and a silver sharpie that mysteriously “disappeared” — we all think Debbie has it. Once we reviewed everything we repacked the Sheepies and sent them first to the Midwest and then on to the West Coast.


On this second leg of the tour the Sheepies took a longer time to come back, almost three months. To our delight they were waiting on our doorstep this past Wednesday. The packing tape density was now at an eighth of an inch and it took a really sharp blade to cut through it. Rudy VanderLans was the last one and he had told me he shipped them more than two weeks ago so we were a bit worried that they hadn’t arrived.


Well, apparently, the Sheepie box raised some security concerns. Seems like it was too heavy and I think, just think, that Shawn Wolfe’s “Panic Now” sticker might have worried someone out of their knickers at the post office. Nonetheless, the Sheepies made it back, safe and sound.


Inside, there were even more surprises including the “worst resume ever” as Tan billed it and an iron-on patch for the “Bush League”… and of course, Tibor’s rendition of the Got Milk? ads. Or something.

Six months later, the Sheepies are all done, signed by all the contributors. And what are we going to do with them now, you ask? We are going to auction them. We will auction five of them over the next few months and save the other five for a year, or two (or even three) down the road. So what do you get for bidding on a commemorative Sheepie?


You will get a one-of-a-kind Sheepie signed by Michael Bierut, Tan Le, Scott Stowell, Shawn Wolfe, Kenneth FitzGerald, patric king, James Victore, Graham Wood, Paula Scher, Rudy VanderLans, Eric Larsen, Bradley Gutting, Debbie Millman, Sam Potts and yours truly. Each Sheepie is unique, no two are the same — how’s that for redundancy?

The first Sheepie will go on bid on Monday, August 2nd at 12:00 pm Central Standard Time. Instructions to come. Do not start bidding on this thread. Proceeds will, as always, help us keep doing cool stuff like this.

Lastly, thank you, sincerely, to all the wonderful contributors of Stop Being Sheep.

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PUBLISHED ON Aug.01.2004 BY Armin
Nary’s comment is:

ack! i can't believe this. i just ordered three Sheepies from the "get yours for a buck" link. and when i come back to SpeakUp, there're going to be Comm Sheepies up for auction. how's that for a weird coincidence.

considering that there's going to be an auction for a copy signed by you, i understand if you can't fulfill my request. i still think you guys rock.

On Aug.01.2004 at 01:13 PM
Anthony’s comment is:

hi, what's the Stop Being Sheep thing? Is it like the First Things First manifesto?

Is the text online somewhere?


On Aug.01.2004 at 01:34 PM
Anthony’s comment is:

ah, nevermind, I found the pdf.

Intersting reads with some very well-behaved type.

On Aug.01.2004 at 02:11 PM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

This sounds like Open Space. Update?

On Aug.01.2004 at 09:00 PM
Armin’s comment is:

An update to Open Space will be made soon… not too soon, but soon enough. We had some technical difficulties.

On Aug.01.2004 at 09:24 PM
pedro’s comment is:

No bribes accepted to get one???

Is there a celing to how much can be bidded???

No insider information available to outbid anybody else???

On Aug.02.2004 at 10:19 AM
debbie millman’s comment is:

I did NOT steal the silver pen.

Who got the box after me????

On Aug.02.2004 at 10:24 AM
Armin’s comment is:

(sorry some server problems apparently)


On Aug.02.2004 at 10:26 AM
Jason T’s comment is:

This is totally cool, Armin. Nice work on putting it all together. So glad to see so many replies and contributions to your signature collection.

On Aug.02.2004 at 10:52 AM
Armin’s comment is:

> I did NOT steal the silver pen.

Actually, I think it got lost before it got to you. Either Graham turned it into a performance prop at Tortilla Flats or Michael B (who is the one that reported the "missing" pen) really liked it and kept it.

On Aug.02.2004 at 01:21 PM
RavenOne’s comment is:



10 special sheepies on the wall, ten special sheep, take one down, sign it around , uhm...la-te-da, something something... sheepies for all!

On Aug.02.2004 at 01:47 PM
graham’s comment is:

oy oy easy now i had nothing to do with the pen loss i put it back in the box. probably.

and i haven't done that kind of performance for over ten years (and never used pens).

On Aug.02.2004 at 01:50 PM
mitch’s comment is:


one more thing that i now MUST own.

good job getting it all together - looks like a great little design collectible.

On Aug.02.2004 at 03:12 PM
Tan’s comment is:

You know, I had to go buy a box of silver Sharpies afterwards. They are so cool.

What are you going to do w/ the knick-knacks that were enclosed, Armin? Just curious.

On Aug.02.2004 at 06:15 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Well, the chocolate, I ate, so I might have to replace that. Seriously though, I'm not sure. We are keeping the box itself for posterity's sake, so we will just keep all the stuff in there. One day, "the resume" might find its way back to you…

On Aug.02.2004 at 07:15 PM
kenneth fitzgerald’s comment is:

For authenticity's sake, I'll send a chocolate to every Commemorative purchaser.

On Aug.02.2004 at 09:34 PM
Tan’s comment is:

>One day, "the resume" might find its way back to you…

uh...thanks, but I just couldn't deprive the world of it.

I was just asking b/c I thought the box was cool as a collection. Full of fetishes that's worth as much as the books.

On Aug.02.2004 at 10:59 PM
Greg’s comment is:

So, when can we expect Stop Being Sheep II: The Sheepherder Strikes Back?

On Aug.04.2004 at 09:03 AM
Armin’s comment is:

Probably sometime late this year. Good title by the way.

> I was just asking b/c I thought the box was cool as a collection.

Yes, definitely. We joke that we will keep it for The MoSP (Museum of Speak Up)… hey, one can dream.

On Aug.04.2004 at 09:32 AM
Al-Insan Lashley’s comment is:

So have all commemorative sheepies been bought at auction?

On Aug.09.2004 at 11:29 AM
Armin’s comment is:

Al-Insan, the first Sheepie is on acution right now. There is less than 30 minutes left on it…

On Aug.09.2004 at 11:33 AM
Al-Insan Lashley’s comment is:

Thanks, though we got a little too busy in the office for me to bid now... good luck to everyone else, though.

On Aug.09.2004 at 11:55 AM
Candy’s comment is:

I just wanted to say that I am a beginning designer (a student…well I’m not even a design student YET…long story) and I think that all of you are so awesome. I'm really glad I found this website. All of this stuff helps me out so much and it is SO CUTE how you all live, speak, and breath design. Or at least it seems that way when you want to name your kids after brand names (I absolutely LOVE that) and make your own versions of milk ads. I definitely look up to all of you. :0)

On May.04.2005 at 01:27 AM
candy’s comment is:

Now i just realized that somehow I was put back alll the way in 2004. I thought this was a recent post...BLAST!

On May.04.2005 at 01:29 AM