Exploring Manifestos

To begin this research I started where so many of us start: Google (and also hmmed&hawed over their wordmark update) Search terms: manifesto definition, design manifesto & cross stitch manifesto. Simple enough; there were so many to begin exploring. I decided to choose three to explore further: a typography manifesto, a design manifesto, and a personal manifesto.

My explorations are as follows:

Manifesto: ¹a written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group; ²a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer

Miriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Typography: Topography of Typography by El Lissitzky (1923) see here

El Lissitzky explains principles to make typographic choices express meaning through not only the words, but the word forms themselves, that the form must communicate the content, and that the typography must translate through the life time of the material and medium.

Design: Ten Principles for Good Design by Dieter Rams (1987) see here

Dieter Rams explains his approach to “good design” and sustainable development after disliking the idea of design obsolescence. He strived to create useful, easy to use products that appeared effortless, coherent, and simple even though there was intense attention to detail paid to make them into what they were.

Personal: Badass Cross Stitch by Shannon Downey see here

Downey has a BS in Anthropology and an MS in Leisure Studies. She utilizes these degrees to try to understand cultural patterns, leisure patterns, and values/priorities in society. Her focus is on the balance between digital and analog in life. She creates a space to promote creativity, craft, and making. Her main manifesto terminology includes: inspire, enable, encourage, push boundaries, change shit, and engage.

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