Some examples of design dictates can be found in what I wrote about incubating a wise decision, freedom via messing around, what happened to you?, and believing in school work.
The effects of design dictates on designers give us "business as usual", "more of the same changes" and "sustaining innovations". Design innovations maintain factory models of organization, command & control methods of management and centralized delivery systems. The system appears to be too vast, complex and costly to fix. The repercussions of ill-conceived solutions are too extensive, damaging and enduring. As far as we can tell, it pays to play by the rules and do what's worked before.
We use metaphors and analogies to allude to the possibility of changing design dictates since the change seems foolhardy or impossible. Here's some I encounter in the blogosphere and my incessant reading of books:
- Dictates as DNA that calls for genetic mutations to functionally adapt and survive in transformed environments
- Dictates as deep structure that calls for delving below surface rationalizations, characterizations and justifications
- Dictates as a dominant narrative that perpetuates it's power over its pawns until a preferred narrative gets authored by it's victim
- Dictates as a consensual delusion that can be dispelled by making a more objective and realistic appraisal of the situation
- Dictates as fallout from success with established mechanisms that will fade away naturally when disruptive innovations take hold
- Dictates as underlying belief systems that get revised by experiences with new ways of succeeding, winning and conquering challenges
- Dictates as blind spots in the focused awareness of possibilities where panoramic vision can be restored with a shift of attention