poster by Maria Haertel...
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Here the content of the manifesto is represented more as utopian vision, than a document of graphic agitation.
Much debate circled at the drafting of the First Things First Manifesto by leaders in the design field. Students are so removed from the professional practice of graphic design that it seems difficult for them to relate to the issues raised. Their struggles seem to exist within the power relationships of college and their families. Some seem apathetic about what they will use their skills to promote... Resigned to a vision of corporate structure in their future, they are more concerned about getting a job of any kind after graduation.
I think it's a valid assignment, and one way to have students engage in dialog about the core issues to the profession of design... Perhaps next time I will have them draft their own manifestos... about something they care about individually.
Perhaps it's ridiculous to require anyone to craft a manifesto!
(but wasn't the Declaration of Independence an assignment handed to Jefferson?)