Design Monarchy

While we’re on the topic of rock stars, I wanted to highlight another interesting term that came across my radar the other day over at the Harvard Business blogs.

In the comments to User-centered Innovation is Not Sustainable someone named Marko tossed out the term design monarchy (“the kings and queens of design will lead the masses to the promise land”) as a pejorative reference.

I have no idea where that phrase came from or whether he coined it himself but the imperialistic and religious overtones are an over-the-top reminder of what co-design seeks to avoid.

Strikes me as a good addition to the lexicon.


  1. Amen to that one! Design being a very subjective art, I think we need to consider what is wrong and right about a design, as well as what we like about the style of it.

    I’ll be sure to start slipping ‘design monarchy’ into my daily conversations…




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