Manifestos

“I will start by saying that before today I was not quite sure what a manifesto was but after listening I understand a lot more and also the importance of having a manifesto and how it may impact within the deign world.” Mario

Lecture by Mark Ingham Wednesday 29 February

9.30 – 10.45 David Fussey Lecture Theatre

University of Greenwich – Design Futures Department

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A Manifesto: Defined

The word manifesto traces its roots to the Latin manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous.  A manifesto is defined as a declaration of one’s beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. It is simply a document that an organisation or person writes that declares what is important to them.

A manifesto functions as both a statement of principles and a bold, sometimes rebellious, call to action. By causing people to evaluate the gap between those principles and their current reality, the manifesto challenges assumptions, fosters commitment, and provokes change.

By Zach Sumner. http://artofmanliness.com/

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Links >>>

100+ Years of Design Manifestos

http://backspace.com/notes/2009/07/design-manifestos.php

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The Cult of Done Manifesto

http://www.brepettis.com/blog/2009/3/3/the-cult-of-done-manifesto.html

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The Futurist Manifesto

http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/T4PM/futurist-manifesto.html

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This is not a manifesto — towards an anarcho-design practice

http://garagecollective.blogspot.com/2009/03/this-is-not-manifesto-towards.html

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Expressive typography (Futurist Manifesto)

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Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

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From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. At TEDxEast, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream”

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

Martin Luther King “I have a dream”

Martin Luther King “I have a dream” with Subtitles

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How and Why to Write Your Own Personal Manifesto:

bit.ly/y9AUhs From:  http://artofmanliness.com/

 Note: This is a guest post from Zach Sumner.

While manifestos are traditionally public declarations, every man can also have a personal manifesto.

A lot of people already have books or documents that are important to them and that sum up their beliefs. For some, it’s a religious text, and for others it’s the Constitution. I knew one person who’s manifesto was Machiavelli’s The Prince, and I still don’t know what to make of that.

The Benefits of a Manifesto

What makes a manifesto so valuable is the fact that it is a constant source of inspiration to you, and one that can often be easily read every day. I may completely agree with, say, the Bible, but reading it in its entirety every day would be cumbersome.

I read my manifesto every day, before I start my job. It focuses my mind by reminding me of my priorities. I deal with topics like how I want to treat my girlfriend, how I want to work honorably at my job, how I want to vote, and every day I am reinforcing those values. Over and over and over again.

So your manifesto isn’t so much for you to show people, although, if you want to, I know that there are some people out there it could help. It’s more of a medium through which your present self can correspond with your future self.

This may sound weird, but think about it. When I wrote my manifesto, things were going well in every area of my life. I’m not naïve enough to believe that good things continue forever, and it was just a matter of time before new struggles came and old struggles resurfaced. But man…when those rough times did hit again, I knew exactly how I wanted to respond to them because I had already made that decision and commitment.

When you’re going through something tough, isn’t it difficult to have and hold a steady, objective mind? It is for me.

With a manifesto, it’s like you always have access to a calmer, more rational you.

I have no statistical data for this, but I can say with certainty that since I have written my manifesto and began reading it every day, it has made a huge difference in my life.

How to Write a Manifesto

There is really no right or wrong way to write a manifesto; the style of it is up to you. You may want to make it very straightforward or launch into impassioned arguments for why you believe in each principle.

Here are a few of my personal suggestions:

Pick the topics. You first need to figure out the topics you want to write about. These are the areas of your life for which you want to declare your principles. I started off with three: how I want to treat my girlfriend, how I view hardships, and how I view my right to vote.

Set down your principles. Write down your beliefs, motives, and intentions about each of the topics you chose. A manifesto is an opportunity for you to lay your cards on the table. I didn’t realize some of the feelings I had for my girlfriend until I wrote them down and stood back and saw them in a much less abstract fashion than they had been.

Below is a sample of what I wrote in my Manifesto in the section on hardships:

Hardships

In any situation, regardless of how difficult it may be, I will exhibit strength and control. I will display the courage to stand steadfast in my principles, even in the face of impossible circumstances. I will take the words of Invictus to heart:

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloodied, but unbowed

Now, this is a stance that is personally important to me. It doesn’t matter if you disagree, you should be able to see how I structured it.

Use strong, affirmative language. Notice that I didn’t use phrases like “I want to exhibit strength and control…” I used the more powerful “I WILL exhibit strength and control…” This may seem minor, but if you use active language, you’ll take it much more seriously. You may wish to punch up the language even further, by using the present tense: “I exhibit strength and control.”

Write it down with pen and paper.  You should consider writing your manifesto in a physical book. In ancient Israel, the kings were required to write their own copy of the laws down. The physical act of writing on an actual page with an actual pen is symbolically powerful. Sure, you could type yours up in 20 minutes, but there is something special about taking far more time and actually writing it out; as you press the words on the paper, they’re pressed into your mind as well.

Conclusion

I hope this helps, and I hope it inspires you to not only write your values down, but to create a whole manifesto for your life. Not only will it grow you as a man, but it will help you live out those beliefs. And, when all is said and done, one of the true hallmarks of being a man is knowing what you believe, and having the guts to live it.

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Artistic Manifestos

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifesto

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My Manifesto?

120 Days and Nights of Staggering and Stammering

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120 Days and Nights of STAGGERING PDF (With text)

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3 comments
  1. WEEK 8 MANIFESTO by http://johnhuang888.wordpress.com/university-work/design-context/gamswen-project/week-8-manifesto/

    In this week lecture, we discussed about manifesto, Manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions. Zach Sumner described it as as a declaration of ones beliefs, opinions, motives and intentions So at the end of the course, we have to write our own manifesto, our believes and passion in graphic design.

    Then Mark showed us the famous speech by Martin Luther King, “I have a dream” a speech that majority of people must heard of. This is a good example of manifesto by Martin Luther King, because he has successfully changed the society and managed to get his beliefs across to all his audiences. To date people now still remember and honour him as a hero.

    Another video was with Nancy Duarte at the TEDx East event gave a presentation on ‘great talks’. At the beginning of Nancy talk she encouraged her audiences that they have the power the change the world, if you have the idea which is something that I never thought I could do. But after listening to Nancy’s speech, she has given me confidence to believe in myself. Nancy included great talks from Steve Jobs and Martin Luther King to prove her point. They both had a belief/ idea to change the world but in a different way. In Nancy’s presentation she pointed out a similarity pattern between Steve Jobs and Martin Luther King speech. Such as both starting with the ‘what is’ and then ‘what could be’.

    So what Nancy is trying to put forward is that if an individual has an idea and follow the prescribed pattern they will have a better chance of getting their ideas through the audience. In addition I really like the idea of how Steve Jobs marvels his own product in order to make his audience feeling the same way. On the other hand I also liked the technique of repetition Martin Luther King used in order to remind the audience of his dream. Overall I think Nancy’s speech was well presented. For example I liked her tone (raising her voice at the right time to prove her point), her pause (to allow the audience to have a moment to think) and especially I loved the idea of adding her personal/ emotional story of her life in order to sympathise with the audience.

    In the finishing of Mark’s lecture, he showed us a video called ”120 days and night of staggering and stammering” created by Mark himself. This video shows his personal life story and memories. In the video I was really confused about what he was trying to say about his personal life story, the computerised voice was really unclear and disturbing. But this disturbing rhythm has a lasting effect on the audience. Towards the end, Mark showed a series of projection images, which i really liked. He converted cameras into projectors and use them to project circular images arrows the wall, to create a mysterious/ dream like effect which I think is a perfect set up to show images of his past.

    Overall this lecture has really given me confidence to write my own manifesto. However I still haven’t thought of one yet but i’m sure that I will have written one by the end of this project.

  2. Lecture 7 by http://vancoisriographics.wordpress.com/art-and-design-in-context/gamswen/lecture-7/

    This lecture was given to us by Dr Mark Ingham and was about Manifesto’s. I will start by saying that before today i was not quite sure what a manifesto was but after listening i understand a lot more and also the importance of having a manifesto and how it may impact within the deign world.

    I have heard the word many times to do with companies and believed them to be similar to mission statements which described what a company is seeking to do within its sector and what they want to achieve and this lecture further emphasised and brought back the idea and teachings i learnt as a business student in college about manifesto’s.

    (i will need to research into manifesto’s)

    Within my practice a manifesto could be a piece of design, text or a image or video but it must be a statement about our believes and what we want to achieve and do. during this lecture we was given exercises where we had to begin to write our own manifesto which we was told could change in the future and be adapted.

    I started of my manifesto by thinking about what i have a strong belief in within modern society with topics that affect me as person and came to thinking about how people care for each other in this hectic and fast paced society. ”I believe that people do not care for one another” ”I think the world needs to be a more friendly place”.

    As well as learning about manifesto’s we are also getting good advice on achieving tasks and getting them done for example he explains that rather than leaving things to the last moment we must do things as of the time we get them and stop “procrastinating”. Which is something i and a lot of my university colleges do often and are very good at. But this course as a whole has taught us the importance of not procrastinating and just getting things done in time or even as we get them because we get a lot of more free time to do the things we want to do such as watch YouTube video’s and play our games consoles.

    The second part of my manifesto begins like this “I will contribute to change in social decay by sending positive messages and i want to influence people to be open to each other”. We are told during this lecture that our manifesto must be strong and use solid words and frases such as “I will”.

    The meaning of a manifesto derives from the latin word “manifestum” which means clear and conspicuous. And the word functions as a statement of principals and a bold and sometimes rebellious call to action.

    We watched a series of video’s which highlighted subjects of manifesto’s and showed inspirational speakers such as Dr Martin Luther King jr and Steve Jobs both of whom knew how to get a good connection with their audience the video about their techniques was quite complex and would need to be deciphered through watching it closely a few times.

  3. Manifesto by http://amylouise91.wordpress.com/gamswen/manifesto/

    Does everybody understand what a manifesto is, or even a manifesto in itself?

    What is manifesto?

    The word manifesto comes from the Latin manifestum, this means clear and conspicuous. Mark Ingham refers to this in his lecture “A clear statement of what I believe in”

    A manifesto is a declaration of intentions, a series of thoughts, thoughts of what you believe. A manifesto can change through life; I feel it depends on your experience through life. Your experiences in life can affect your views which will change your beliefs, resulting in a different manifesto or a different goal. A goal is how I would describe my manifesto; it is something I wish to reach.

    A Manifesto can influence change!

    Martin Luther King had a manifesto, he had a belief, he had a goal. August 28th 1963 he made his manifesto clear to thousands of people in the form of a speech. This speech today is called ‘I have a dream..’ It will never be forgotten as it was a plea for equality and one of the most memorial speeches to date.

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation
    where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin,
    but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King

    I looked at a few living manifesto’s, a lot where very confusing and I almost did not understand what the writer was trying to prove or get across. Part of the 9th fact of the futurist manifest

    “we want to glorify war – the only cure for the world…”

    This is something I do not understand but I guess that is why a manifesto is personal.

    A manifesto is simply a document that a person writes to describe what is important to them.

    Is it simply that we only understand our own manifesto, if we even understand that.

    MY MANIFESTO

    Be someone to be proud of.

    Procrastination leads to failure.

    Put 100% into everything I do.

    Be playful in work and life.

    Enjoy every experience.

    My past will shape my future.

    My future is up to me.

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