Creative Manifestos: Inspirational Statements to Celebrate Self-Expression

Creative Manifestos: Inspirational Statements to Celebrate Self-Expression

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Acreative manifesto can trigger new ways of seeing problems, encourage us to be daring, and help us nd our way out when we feel stuck in a rut. Here, you’ll nd 100 inspiring examples from a wide variety of creatives, including writers, designers, architects, and engineers. These manifestos come in many di erent shapes and sizes, but each one addresses fundamental questions about what it means to be creative, where creativity comes from, and how to be more creative in your everyday life. Along with interactive, thought-provoking prompts to record your personal re ections, you’ll also nd a short introduction to the history of the manifesto and how manifestos have motivated people around the world.

These 100 boldly designed and carefully curated creative manifestos will inspire, promote change, and spark insight.

Use these ideas to spark your creativity:

  • Explore subjectivity by looking at a simple line drawing and writing down the various things you see in the image.

  • Learn the rules of a creator’s life, from turning work into play to teaching others about what you know.

  • Creativity is about connecting things, so connect boxes of dots to see where you can nd new connections—and nd them where others don’t.

  • Aim for simplicity, by clarifying your ideas so they’re as easy to understand as A, B, C or 1, 2, 3.

  • Paint your dream, by imagining an image and them summoning it into existence. What tools will you need? How will you manifest your vision? And what are your dreams? Write them down!

  • Inspire yourself by putting these hundreds of motivational sayings into practice, from “The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of” and “A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave” to “Try something di erent . . . even if you don’t think it will work.”