VC501 – Design Manifesto: Swiss International Typographic Style Design Influences

From left to right: Hofmann, Armin – EL: Kunsthalle Basel (1961), Ballmer, Walter – Stile Olivetti (1961), Bill, Max – Max Bill: Galerie du Perron (1961). From left to right: Mormerat, P – Cizano Vermouth (1961), Hofmann, Armin – Stadt Theater Basel (1961), Mavignier, Almir – gruppe enne (1963). From left to right: Muller-Brockmann, Josef … Continue reading

VC501 – Design Manifesto: Generic Inspiring Design and Design Style Influences

These scans are from the following books: Feierabend, P (2007). Graphic Design. Denmark: Feierabend Unique Bergstrom, B (2008). Essentials of Visual Communication. UK: Laurence King Chen, J (2006). Fingerprint: The Art of Using Handmade Elements in Graphic Design. Canada: Chen Design Associates Poynor, R. Vaughn Oliver: Visceral Pleasures From left to right: Finest/Magma Brand Design … Continue reading

VC501 – Design Manifesto: Generic Inspiring Poster Design

These are examples of poster designs which I think are creative and inspiring.

VC501 – Design Manifesto: Half Price Society (My Design Manifesto)

Please note that the name of the manifesto was changed from ‘Blah!’ to ‘Half Price Society’. You can download my design manifesto below: Half Price Society: An Anti-Consumerism Manifesto (PDF): Half Price Society Design Manifesto   Half Price Society: An Anti-Consumerism Manifesto Consumerism is dead. Advertisements are screaming at us from every angle, telling us … Continue reading

VC501 – Design Manifesto: Manifesto Layout Examples

This collection of manifestos and manifesto related posters I think are interesting. I like the use of complex and layered typography, this create a drone-like feeling, which is the same feeling I get from consumerism, like someone is screaming at me, and each section of text is a spoken word such as “buy buy buy … Continue reading

VC501 – Design Manifesto: Where Advertising is Heading

I believe advertising will become more traditional, and much less specific. Ads will be varied, non-conformative, they will be as simple or as complex as required. Gridded arrangements don’t have to be followed,  but the advertisements must have an honest approach. They will contain no subliminal messages and won’t lecture us socially. Companies will advertise … Continue reading

VC501 – Design Manifesto: Where Design Is Heading

I believe consumerism will come to an end this century. Design will treat consumerism like it’s unwanted sister, kept away in a draw somewhere. We will see plenty of anti-design and anti-consumerism, most of this is already emerging. Designers such as Jonathan Barnbrook (who signed the First Things First 2000 manifesto) are already creating anti-design, … Continue reading

VC501 – Design Manifesto: First Things First 2000 A Manifesto

The First Things First 2000 manifesto, launched by Adbusters magazine in 1999, was an updated version of the earlier First Things First manifesto written and published in 1964 by Ken Garland, a British designer. The 2000 manifesto was signed by a group of 33 figures from the international graphic design community, many of them well … Continue reading

VC501 – Design Manifesto: First Things First 1964 A Manifesto

The First Things First manifesto was written 29th Novemember 1963 and published in 1964 by Ken Garland. Reacting against a rich and affluent Britain of the sixties, it tried to re-radicalise design which had become lazy and uncritical. Drawing on ideas shared by Critical Theory, the Frankfurt School and the counter-culture of the time it … Continue reading

VC501 – Design Manifesto: Droning On

Christmas is the busiest time for consumers, and every year the build up sales seem to get earlier. Advertisements screaming at us from every angle, telling us we have to buy this product or that product, our loved ones need it, we owe it to them, we need to prove to them that we love … Continue reading