Famous artworks ruined with design by committee

Iconic posters get overloaded with imagery to show how unproductive design by committee is.

You've been working for weeks or months on a winning piece of graphic design. You've thought it over carefully, deploying every skill you learnt while studying and working as a designer. After long consideration, the project's done and you submit it to the client. You look forward to their reaction, but then you hear the message every professional designer dreads: "I've got a few suggestions to make..."

The phrase 'design by committee', where lots of people chip in on an idea (often without any reason or authority), is a situation no creative director wants to find themselves in. It results in an original, eye-catching design losing its impact, becoming generic, and costing everyone a lot of time.

Sometimes the best thing to do in situations like this is laugh, and that's exactly what the team at Graphéine have done. Running with an idea originally posted on Twitter by @MarieJulien, this series of images imagines how nightmare clients could ruin iconic and effective pieces of design. The scariest part? It's very easy to imagine this happening in real life.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dom Carter is Creative Bloq's staff writer, news finder, and all round design fan. You'll usually find him drooling over screen prints and coveting more notebooks than is practical.

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