It happens all the time. You’re a creative, you sit down at your desk or coffee shop, you open your computer, your graphics programs, 3D modeling, your writing sheets and you neatly place your new ballpoint pen from Muji. You raise your head and start staring at the screen, at which point what astronomers would identify as a full-fledged black hole begins to build in your head. No idea, creative block, the project deadline is after two days and that file is still blank.
Who knows if it also happens in the studios of Readymag, a web design platform that created Oracle Cards of Design Manifesto, a support for the creative crises of designers.
The project works like a deck of Monopoly odds, without money or jail. clicking “SHUFFLE” will automatically generate a card, with a motivational phrase for creatives written inside, taken from manifestos published from 1920 to 2016.
Many artistic currents or schools of thought in history have drawn up their own manifestos, as a declaration of intent in a few simple points or messages addressed to artists. The 54 cards have been taken from 16 of these manifestos, of which the oldest is “Down with seriousism!” by German architect Bruno Taut, but also “The Topography of Typography”, by El Lissitzky, founder together with Kazmir Malevich of Russian Suprematism.
Sometimes to get out of what we’ll call the white file crisis, you need a little help, while waiting to find new inspiration. You can rely on Readymag and generated cards that like tarot cards predict the future, everything helps, and if it doesn’t go well, press “SHUFFLE” again.