First Things First Manifesto

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First Things First a manifesto 1964

The original First Things First manifesto was published by 22 signatories in: Design, the Architects‘ Journal, the SIA Journal, Ark, Modern Publicity, The Guardian, april 1964. It was renewed in 2000

First Things First a manifesto 2000

The First things first 2000 manifesto was an updated version of the earlier First things first 1964 Manifesto published in 2000 by some of the leading lights of the graphic design, artistic and visual arts community. It was republished by Emigre, Eye and other important graphic design magazines and has stirred controversy (again) in Graphic design.


The manifesto was written in 1963 and published in 1964 by Ken Garland and 20 other designers, photographers and students, the manifesto was a reaction to the society of 1960s Britain and called for a return to a humanist aspect of design. It’s solution was to focus efforts of design on education and public service tasks that promoted the betterment of society.

The influence of the manifesto was quick to reach a wide audience and was picked up by The Guardian, which led to a TV appearance by Garland on a BBC news program and its subsequent publication in a variety of journals, magazines and newspapers. It was revisited and republished by a group of new authors in the year 2000 and labeled as the First Things First Manifesto 2000.

The first things first manifesto was published initially in 1964 it was related to the shift in attention from commercial to more information based, longer lasting, useful design. Ken Garland was a British designer who published this he worked in a span of toy companies to ant-nuclear protests. He wanted to reduce the impact of commercialism that has had upon design. The original Manifesto was backed by over 400 designers of the time, ranging from the famous to emerging creatives of the community.

Edward Wright 

Who was a painter, typographer and graphic designer. In the early 1950s he was a member of the Independent Group, and taught at the central school of arts. He designed the catalogue for the exhibition This is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1956.

Ken Garland 

Who is a British graphic designer, photographer, writer and educator. He has made a significant contribution to the development of graphic design since the mid-twentieth century and formed the prolific design studio Ken Garland & Associates in 1962 (until 2009) in Camden, London, where he continues to live and work.

Anthony Froshaug

He was born in (1920–84) and was a English Typography, designer and teacher, who was born in London to a Norwegian father and English mother.His ideas was influenced by ideas of European modernism, particularly the work of Jan Tschichold, Froshaug is considered by some to be the most convincing exponent of modern typography in Britain. In 1939 he began to practice as a freelance graphic designer and typographer. As a typographer, he has been viewed as unusual in running his own small (un-private) press, including two periods of printing in Cornwall (1949–52, 1954–7). He worked with Alan Kitching.

After looking into the first things first Manifesto it has made me think about  my future designs and to create things that help the world and will be used and be useful for time to come. I want to design things that will help people if that for a big or small reason.I want to design things that I have a passion for and enjoy designer. I want to love the things i design not just design them for a purpose.




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