Design by committee

Nobody likes design by committee. Except those for whom it is an opportunity to contribute above their payscale.

This article from Smashing Magazine about why design by committee should die contains a couple of terrific pieces of advice, including the practice of leaving a glaring error in your “final” design so that the approver feels like they can contribute something to the process:

“A photographer I know once said, “I’ll give the model a big mole on her face, and the committee focuses on that and are usually satisfied with the momentous change of removing it and leave everything else as is.””

…and this new buzzword that everybody should learn.

“Commidiot,” which is a committee member who has no idea what is going on in front of them but feels they have to say something of importance to justify their presence in the room.”