In 1964, a designer named Ken Garland published what I consider to be one of the most important historical documents in design: the First Things First manifesto. Now, 50 years later, I’m taking the initiative to renew it — and to open it up to our community at large.
This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the original First Things First publication. In the half-century that has passed since then, and especially in the past 15 years, technology has managed to turn industries (as well as societies) upside down, drastically altering the way we do our work, keep in touch, and go about our lives. The design industry of course is no exception — I probably don’t need to state how much the web has transformed the landscape of design.
I believe the time is right for the First Things First manifesto to be once again renewed; and, as with the previous iteration, I believe there are a few key changes and additions to be made.