socialist designers manifesto
- Ben Gaydos [ 12/5/2004 - 13:36 ] #
Socialist Designers is a collective of politically conscious graphic
designers who have agreed to follow an "indisputable set of rules." SD
was founded October 2001 by Fabrizio Gilardino, an Italian graphic
designer based in Montreal, Canada.Their "Vows of Chastity" were
inspired by the
DOGME 95 manifesto written in 1995 by Danish filmmakers Lars von Trier
(Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) and Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration):
1. Design must be done on location. "Props and sets" (i.e., stock photographs and illustrations) must not be brought in.
"We are socialist because we have social concerns, because we are
interested in a very specific way of thinking about life, about a
better life. Being ocnscious of the fact that anything you do in a
certain way is very political. Every time you talk, every time you buy
something, every time you apply certain priciples (conscious or
unconscious or whatever), you make a political statement. I really have problems when graphic designers say, 'I'm not into
politics,' or, 'Politics bother me,' or, 'I'm not interested in it.'
That's so absurd to me. I can't relate to this way of seeing things."
2. Design must be done in spot colors. Four color process and varnish are not acceptable.
3. Photoshop filters and any other filters are forbidden.
4. Design must not contain superficial elements.
5. Temporary and geographical alienation are forbidden (that is that design must take place here and now).
6. "Genre" design is not acceptable.
-Montreal, Fall 2001
to view some album cover art the Gilardino has done for DAME
(a Canadian music distribution and promotion company)- try to see if there is a difference in his post manifesto work (+ '01).
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