The manifesto address many concerns commonly faced by graphic designers from early on and a lot has changed up to the publishing of the second manifesto in 2000. It was obvious the world was changing and new products, new media and new ways of advertising had all came into play. Many designers became aware of the environmental costs of the choices they make, therefore fitting the spirit of the manifesto and applying their skills towards these issues.
Awelamantawe is a community energy charity working in South Wales to tackle climate change. One of their arts projects – Postcards from the Future – invites people to send in a postcard depicting their vision of the future; either imaginary, real or hoped for. Emily Hinshelwood one of the participants commented on this initiative saying “ I still find myself in awe of designers, and artists who can speak without words, and really grab us emotionally. This is what I strive for as I know that for an issue like climate change (and probably for young mothers who crave a cigarette), we are hooked by the emotional draw rather than the verbal argument. (Christian)
Christian. “first things first: Climate change and graphic design” March 30, 2011. Web. January 26, 2013.