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What is Design By Committee?

 , updated on May 03, 2016
Design by committee is the tendency for designs produced by processes of group cognition such as a democratic design process to be of poor quality. It is a example of the abilene paradox whereby group decisions represent a series of social compromises as opposed to a rational decision.
It is widely accepted that valuable designs are usually the work of a talented designer who is able to incorporate feedback from customers and peers but who isn't pushed to make irrational compromises. Design relies on elements such as style that differ widely from one designer to the next. Attempts to compromise often result in a confused style, form and function.
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Abilene Paradox
DefinitionA poor quality design that results from a series of social compromises.
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