Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?

  • You should add context. Where would you use this phrase? – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Sep 15 '14 at 23:35
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    Graphic designers are one type of artist. Creativity is a property that can attributed to any type of artist, and there are hundreds more. – John Lawler Sep 16 '14 at 0:01
  • @John, even that's a bit of a tight jacket. Literally anyone can be creative, whether a graphic designer, a more general artist, or just a human being. – Dan Bron Sep 16 '14 at 0:48
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    Are you looking for "Creativity isn't exclusively within the purview of graphic artists"? – Jim Sep 16 '14 at 0:51
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    You almost have it right in your question: Creativity isn't the sole prerogative of graphic designers. – David Hammen Sep 16 '14 at 1:53

Graphic designers don't have a monopoly on creativity.

I hear this most often with respect to truth: I'm told that Christians don't have a monopoly on truth, or something like that. It seems in that context to be effectively a claim to relativism.

(I've just noticed, after posting this, that the same phrase was suggested by someone above in a comment, but I'll leave it here since I came up with it independently, and since answers are, after all, supposed to be posted as answers.)


"Creativity isn't solely the province of graphic designers".

  • I don't know why this was down voted. Perhaps because the more idiomatic way to say it might be "Creativity isn't the sole province of graphic designers." – JLG Sep 16 '14 at 16:26
  • @JLG - I considered that (because, as you say, it's a formulation one often hears), but rejected it because it doesn't mean what the words supposedly say: literally, it means, 'creativity isn't the only area that graphic designers are involved in', which isn't the emphasis the OP wanted. – Erik Kowal Sep 16 '14 at 18:28

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