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Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You

“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” It’s not hard to imagine that that saying came from a dog owner. Now however it seems to mean something along the lines of how you treat those who support your living. With the First Things First Manifesto 2000, I wonder are designers biting the hand that feeds them.

Sometime in history an artist became involved in the commercial use of art, thus creating the first graphic designer. Does Ken Garland, the original author of First Things First take into account that the power of the graphic designer is feed by the commercial world?

It can also be argued that field of graphic design evolved from the growth of commercialization/globalization. So, the power designers have come from very ideology that the First Things First speaks against. Are designers biting the hand that feeds them?


  1. Jandos wrote:

    What is First Things First?

    Monday, February 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Good question. First Things First is a manifesto written by designers and challenges the use of design skills for the promotion of commercialization, and ask what would happen if those talented designers took the skills elsewhere. The manifesto can be read here:

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Permalink
  3. Ruqayyah Ali wrote:

    I definitely think that the world would be a better place to live in. It could be a time when corporations aren’t concerned with making money and wouldn’t be afraid of committing to and staying green.

    Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Permalink