Project 1-Manifesto


I have been asked to create a manifesto/mantra/motto.

i have done some research on manifestos:


I have been asked to research what manifestos are in the context of Art and Design.

Manifestos are defined as the public view or views of each artist or group. These are their aims and deliverables of what they are trying to achieve in society. Manifestos can be personal or public (all the art movements that I have researched are public, meaning that they promote their views to help benefit society). Personal manifestos can use motive words and phrases as a way of motivation which they then can use to keep a good work ethic. Manifestos can appear no matter what size, colour, typography etc.

Through conducting some research, I have understood and gained knowledge on what manifestos are and what they mean to each artist or movement. I have received a good understanding about the origin, early manifestos and famous manifestos. After looking at some definitions and explanations, I think of manifestos as mottos or personal quotes of each artist. Each manifesto is different to each artist or movement. Manifestos can be specific quotes which can help them to work on each of their projects. Through studying manifestos, we can immediately identify why the artist has chosen this phrase and what the aims are. In each manifesto we can clearly see that an artist has chosen words or phrases that best resembles their work of art.

Personally, I like to think that manifestos are a sign of motivation to never let an artist give up on their art. Whenever an artist is working on a piece, they can always reflect on the words on their head in order to keep going with the flow. I think it helps structure their plan and helps the mentality as some often can experience not having any ideas on their art. It helped relax and helps them stay in a calm state.



Surrealists are known to create artwork associated with weird or supernatural dreams. Their main area of focus is dreams. They can be often involved In psychology as their art has information about one’s mind. They promote art that is unthinkable or uncommon to many.  Their artwork displays images that are switched or out of place. An example would be Rene Magritte’s “Son of Man”. This artwork is  easier to identify as a work produced by a surrealist. The reason for this is because Rene works on artwork that is “not supposed to be there”. The apple is not meant to be the face of the painting.  Surrealism typically involves mixing human traits and characteristics with animals or things around us. The main statement or idea that surrealists gives us is that using logic to solve issues only works for secondary interests. Their work states that there can be different, unimaginable way of thinking that a person can think of. They focus on supernatural ways in people can only dream about. Often they distract people from the atrocities or world war at the time which was their main focus.

Surrealist Manifesto

The are known to be 4 Manifestos published by surrealists in the form of books.

Their manifesto involves thoughts on psychology and human thinking.

Manifesto of Surrealism:



Typography and images

Looking the typography, both have used the same font for the designs. The titles and headings are displayed at the top of the page, using bold and large font size. They have used similar font to times new roman. I think the use of the big, bold headings helps the public to clearly understand what the book is about. They have used the idea of having stand out colours to help the people to see the text. The left poster displays a white background to make all the objects stand out to the audience.  The right poster does have an orange background to help on the design of the book. I would say that using an orange colour would be ideal because the text and other images are displayed using black. Both have used images in different sizes. The left book cover uses an enlarged version while the right uses smaller version. I like the images on the right because it promotes the “out of place” factor. This is because the images are tiled and slanted to towards both directions. Normally, the images would displayed all facing the same way with correctly aligned measures. Towards the bottom of each piece, we can see that size of the text has been carefully considered. They both use smaller text and alignment has been thought about. In my opinion, I would say that the book on the right has positioned in good way to design the text in a shape. The boom on the left has enlarged the Number 1 which I particularly liked. I thought it showed a new way to play around with typography and to improve the design.


De Stijl

De stijl is an art movement who experiments with straight lines and geometric forms. They fall into the category of abstract art, using basic one or more colours to promote their work. They are fascinated about the idea of using primary colours and they were inspired by cubism. The De Stijl movement use the idea of horizontal and vertical lines to create abstract art. Primary colours such as red, blue yellow  and even white is typically found as a key component in each of their artworks. De stijl also has another name which is quite famous called Neoplasticism.   This art movement typically is defined as “The Style”. Piet Mondrian and Van Doesburg are well known members of the movement. The manifesto is written by van Doesburg.




Similar to Surrealists manifesto, De stijl movement used times new roman text through the documents. The first style of manifesto displays a big bold and capitalised heading. The text is correctly aligned and all letters are the same size. All Three documents use white or pale colour backgrounds which helps the public to read. The position and alignment of each of the paragraphs have been carefully considered for all three documents. Although all three document use different style of typography. I quite like the boldness of each document. In the first document the use of bold applied to the first paragraph and subheadings gave a good design.

Mantra and mottos:

Project approach:


these are the planning and sketches that i have constructed in my sketchbook. i have thought of many of the vital elements of the manifesto.

First attempt of my manifesto:

This is my first attempt of a manifesto. i was ok with the outcome but felt like this was a basic attempt and I should have gave a harder attempt. I got some feedback from my one-to-one sessions and was much confident in what I have to improve on.

After the feedback I constructed another attempt which I believe to be my final piece:

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