Adbusters: Design Anarchy

Abusters Media Foundation

Adbusters Media Foundation is a Canadian-based not-for-profit, anti-consumerist, pro-environment organization founded in 1989 by Kalle Lasn and Bill Schmalz. Barnbrook has collaborated numerous times with them as we believe in the central idea of questioning the role of corporate power and the issues it raises in society.

This first major collaboration was to art direct the issue of their magazine titled Design Anarchy that dealt with the ethics and future of design. It was published one year after the reissue of First Things First Manifesto signed by leading designers including Jonathan Barnbrook, asking for a discussion about the direction design was heading. The magazine dealt with these issues in visual and written form and also included other designers as contributors.