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

  1. Begin with ideas.
  2. Embrace chance.
  3. Celebrate coincidence.
  4. Ad–lib and make things up.
  5. Eliminate superfluous elements.
  6. Subvert expectation.
  7. Make something difficult look easy.
  8. Be first or last.
  9. Believe complex ideas can produce simple things.
  10. Trust the process.
  11. Allow concepts to determine form.
  12. Reduce material and production to their essence.
  13. Sustain the integrity of an idea.
  14. 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.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s