Manifestos

MANIFESTOS


AUTO-DESTRUCTIVE ART MANIFESTO

By Gustav Metzger

"Auto-destructive art is the transformation of technology into public art." Metzger presents his ideas of a radical art. Read more

FIRST THINGS FIRST MANIFESTO

By Ken Garland

This updated version of the 1963/64 manifesto is a call for graphic designers to use their talents and expertise for more meaningful ends.  Read more

 
 

ADF MANIFESTO

By Neville Brody

In this manifesto, written for the 2010 Anti-Design Festival in London, Brody bemoans the loss of creativity and calls for dangerous ideas. Read more

BEYOND THE NEW

By Hella Jongerius & Louise Schouwenberg

The designer and design theorist criticise the obsession with the New for the sake of the New and call for a change of mentality. Read more

 

TEN PRINCIPLES FOR GOOD DESIGN

By Dieter Rams

Rams' principles from the late 1970s have stood the test of time. So not only is good design long-lasting, so is good design theory! Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Peter Saville

"Being a designer used to be like being on a crusade – we were fighters, evangelists. But in the last ten years ... the situation has changed." Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Bruce Mau

"It is time we stopped talking about architecture. We should be thinking about educating, training and celebrating developers. " Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Hussein Chalayan

"My contribution to cultural activity is a diligent commitment to merging different disciplines and cultures." Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By John Thackara

"We will not pretend things are simple when they are complex. We value the fact that by acting inside a system, you will probably improve it."  Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Rem Koolhaas

"We protect differences, subsidise the “useless”."  Read more

 

MANTOWNHUMAN

By Alastair Donald, Richard J Williams, Karl Sharro, Alan Farlie, Debby Kuypers, Austin Williams

Anti-ecological, unconcerned with sustainability and localism, ManTowNHuman is a critical riposte to the concerns of Post Modernism.  Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Lebbeus Woods

"I am at war with my time, with history, with all authority that resides in fixed and frightened forms." Read more

 

MANIFESTO OF FUTURIST ARCHITECTURE
 

By Antonio Sant'Elia

In this vision of the future, cities would last less than a human life and each generation would rebuild in the image of their own desire.  Read more

 

DESIGN FOR LIVING

 By Norman Foster

The design process is a valuable commodity which should not be used as a mere gesture, argues Foster in this essay from the late 1960s. Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Jasper Morrison

"Design makes things seem special, and who wants normal if they can have special? And that’s the problem." Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Stefan Sagmeister

"Having guts always works out for me
Thinking that life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now."  Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By John Maeda

"In the next chapter of the future, designers will be designing the centre of their very being – their own mind and their own body."  Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Greg Lynn

"Design, architecture and life will continue to become more and more biological, not merely biomorphic." Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Valerio Olgiati

"Objects are the only things in architecture that are worth something." Read more

 

GLASS ARCHITECTURE

By Paul Scheerbart
 

A vision from 1914: the cityscapes of the future as coloured crystals of architecture, a stained glass world of transparency and light. Read more

 

MOULD MANIFESTO

By Friedensreich Hundertwasser

In this 1958 Manifesto Hundertwasser urged citizens to take back control of the buildings they live in. Read more

 

FUTURIST MANIFESTO
OF MEN'S CLOTHING

By Giacomo Balla

In this attack on neutral colours and passéist cuts, Balla argues for vivid colours and clothes that could change to reflect the wearer's mood. Read more