Architectures of Control in Consumer Product Design

47 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2006

Date Written: June 2005


The idea of architectures of control is introduced through examples ranging from urban planning to digital rights management, and the intentions behind their use in consumer products are examined, with reference to case studies of printer cartridges and proposed 'optimum lifetime products.' The reactions of the technical community and consumers themselves are also explored, along with some wider implications for society.

Keywords: design, architectures of control, product design, engineering, technology, digital rights management, DRM, control, poka-yoke, code

Suggested Citation

Lockton, Dan, Architectures of Control in Consumer Product Design (June 2005). Available at SSRN: or

Dan Lockton (Contact Author)

Royal College of Art ( email )

Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2EU
United Kingdom

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