Write Your Own Design Manifesto
“Karl Marx had one. The Unibomber had one. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776, he drafted the manifesto that launched the American Revolution. Graphic design would not exist as we know it today if F. T. Marinetti hadn't published his manifestos and instigated Futurism…“
–– Manifesto Mania
Following in this long tradition, you will create a short document that “manifests,” or articulates, your vision for the role of design.
Design manifestos often start by addressing a problem or concern. And they often end with a call to action; the author may layout principles or tenets to guide designers to their vision of a better designer or better world. Regardless of its format (list, essay, imagery), the document serves a greater community: it offers concrete advice and a vision for other designers to rally around.
1 Consider the role of design and designers in contemporary society/in this class
2 Define a personal vision and goals for your work as a designer
3 Articulate your ideas in the most appropriate visual form