I have used Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for a number of years (see previous post) but when I searched for it online The Manifesto Project appeared in the search results. There are a lot of interesting manifestos on the site and below is another list that I may incorporate in my lecture about research and creativity in art and design.
Mini-manifesto by Daniel Eatock
- Begin with ideas.
- Embrace chance.
- Celebrate coincidence.
- Ad–lib and make things up.
- Eliminate superfluous elements.
- Subvert expectation.
- Make something difficult look easy.
- Be first or last.
- Believe complex ideas can produce simple things.
- Trust the process.
- Allow concepts to determine form.
- Reduce material and production to their essence.
- Sustain the integrity of an idea.
- Propose honesty as a solution.
This quote by Stefan Sagmeister, also on the Manifesto Project, is a great snippet to highlight to students the need for passion and intensity in the process of creating: “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better.”