Open Manifesto #8

Open Manifesto #8

Among others, in this issue Michael Bierut, influential designer and partner at Pentagram, reflects on his early design career including his time at the legendary Vignelli Associates, how he approaches the design process, and shares the context around his identity for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Jessica Walsh, renowned designer and partner at Sagmeister&Walsh, challenges the notion that design can change the world, talks about how she has coped with her sudden celebrity status, what drives her passion for design, and what the future holds for her creative practice. Daan Roosegaarde, Dutch innovator and Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, talks about his passion for prototyping the future of cities and what it means to be a leader in society and design. Real life cyborg Neil Harbisson shares his personal story about how his art helped him become a cyborg and an unintentional spokesperson for the international cyborg community. Garech Stone suggests “something is rotten in the state of design” and offers some thoughts on how the industry needs to change. Influential type aficionados Rudy VanderLans and Kris Sowersbyface off in a debate around promotional tactics and the next generation of type designers, while digital entrepreneur and innovator Ben Johnston talks about the beauty, challenge and opportunity of exploring the future.