Assessment 1 | What to inc 2

Danchev, A. (2011). 100 Artists’ Manifestos From The Futurists To The Stuckists. 1st ed. London: Penguin Group.

What I liked from other manifestos, and what to mention:
From a lot of the earlier manifestos, there is a real self-serving feel towards them. While they for the most, about change and new ideas, a lot of this is lost in the political satire and rigidity of the movements ‘rules’.

I felt the more successful manifestos came towards the start of this century. Such as the First Things First 2000, An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, Ten principles for good design, and 1.000 Words Manifesto. These four examples also influenced the two less well know manifestos from small design company’s, Miura and CaveDogStudio.

I defiantly want to use this manifesto to get across some of my interest, however I feel that I should stay away from doing this with images and formatting as it would degrade the written assessment given the terms of the brief. ( text, Verdana) So this really only leave me with what I say, and how I say it.

Forward thinking, beyond just what can see, experimenting with different media, taking risks

The Bauhaus manifesto is very up beat, it is written in the style of a declaration, easy to read and concise. It is very motivational, and gives a real sense of what the movement believe in. Very forward thinking.

It counters everything about the modernism movement, from its education (or lack of) to its egotistical nature of the manifesto. Not keen on ho they dismiss the new for not being “design”.

First Things First & First Things First 2000
It held the belief that designers must be critical in their designs to take a stand against hegemonic (imperial dominance) ideologies. For example they should not stoop to working or promoting those industries or products believed to be controlling and ‘bad’ (Such as cigarette companies). This is definitely something I want to include.

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, Miura & CaveDogStudio.
I like how this manifesto articulating his beliefs, strategies, and motivations. It is very inspiring young designers, and has lead to the creation of posters and/or book covers for it. It is very positive in its attitude and gives the reader a sense that the writer is wanting to help them by proving lessons and advice from their own experience.

Like these 3 manifestos I want to not only be positive about design but to also include some element on how to present yourself as well, much like in their manifestos.

Ten principles for good design
“01 Good design is innovative. The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.” Again very forward thinking, promotes innovation, experimentation etc.

1.000 Words Manifesto
Goes beyond talking about just design to comment on other areas such as simple, how to act (Hippocratic Before Socratic). Fits in well with my stance on things.

Last Things Last
‘Thomas Edison said “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. Without the one percent inspiration, all the perspiration in the world is only a bucket of sweat.

Nice quote to end on, and it is fitting with the name.


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