Design Lecture Series
Brought to you by Civilization
Ken Garland is a world-class British graphic designer, writer and game designer. He is well known for his anti-war campaigning in the 1960’s, as well as his First Things First manifesto, in which Garland encouraged designers to use their artistic talents for more humanitarian efforts and to shy away from consumer industries. Signed by over 400 graphic designers, the manifesto was originally released in 1964 and re-released by Adbusters in 2000.
In 1962, Garland established his own company, Ken Garland & Associates, which spearheaded the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Garland’s early clients included Galt Toys, Which? Magazine, Barbour Index, Britain’s Labour Party, Paramount Pictures and the Ministry of Technology. He has designed several notable games, such as Connect and Rivers, Roads, & Rails.
Throughout his extensive career, he has taught at the Central School, University of Reading, Royal College of Art and University of Brighton. Garland is an avid writer, authoring numerous books include “Mr. Beck’s Underground Map“ and “A World in Your Eye“.
Selected Work by Ken Garland
Livestream from Bootstrapper Studios
Tune in Friday January 27 from 7—8 PM PST for the Saki Mafundikwa lecture.
About the Design Lecture Series
The Design Lecture Series brings world-class designers to Seattle to inspire conversation on creativity and innovation.
All lectures are free and take place at the Seattle Public Library – Central Branch designed by Rem Koolhaas. The series has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status fiscally sponsored by Allied Arts Foundation.
The Design Lecture Series is fully produced by Civilization, a design practice that works with causes, clients and partners that share our commitment for creating positive change and promoting a greater awareness of the world.
Our aim in producing the Design Lecture Series is not only to stimulate design conversation within our region but also to educate a new generation of designers about the rich history of graphic design.
The Design Lecture Series has been featured in publications such as Under Consideration, Frame, Metropolis, and IdN, and we are honored that our award-winning posters from the series are included in the permanent collection of design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).