JadenKale


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This will likely fall on deaf ears, since we ARE at woot, but I thought I would pass on this write up by Smashing Magazine about How To Respond Effectively To Design Criticism.

goldenthorn


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I read it and thought it was well-reasoned, succinct, and quite sensitive.

I can immediately think of a few artists and critics on here who would do very well to closely read this short article and think hard on how it applies to themselves.

Though, yeah, it is woot, so it'll probably be teal deer all the way, or "nope, not me, doesn't apply to me at all, I'm awesome."

eHalcyon


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goldenthorn wrote:I can immediately think of a few artists and critics on here who would do very well to closely read this short article and think hard on how it applies to themselves.



Agreed. Great article, JK.

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AdderXYU


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I like how the article notes that harsh criticism is still potentially valid criticism.

However, the article also implies that designers who are getting mixed or unhelpful criticism should take matters into their own hands and try to improve anyway, instead of blame critics or insist they know everything every time. Which is simply not going to fly at woot

goldenthorn


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AdderXYU wrote:I like how the article notes that harsh criticism is still potentially valid criticism.

However, the article also implies that designers who are getting mixed or unhelpful criticism should take matters into their own hands and try to improve anyway, instead of blame critics or insist they know everything every time. Which is simply not going to fly at woot



CRITICS:
"...being able to separate useful feedback from cheap shots and misinformation is important. However, this is not an excuse to ignore comments that you don’t like. Unless you believe a critique was given in malice or ignorance, don’t be quick to dismiss it.

Here are a few tips to distinguish between the two:

* Specific.
Valuable feedback is always specific. It is clear, logical and defined. “The logo is ugly” or “I don’t like the color choice” are examples of useless criticism (if you get a lot of this, see #7 below).
* Actionable.
Constructive criticism should enable you to take immediate action. You should come away with a clearer idea of how to improve the concept and the path to follow.
* Objective.
Useful feedback is unbiased. It gives you a unique perspective without an ulterior motive. Objective criticism will always be even-tempered and appropriate."

DESIGNERS:
(#7)
"At some point, everyone has received vague, unclear or unactionable feedback. It’s a part of life. Unfortunately, unless you take the initiative, this type of feedback is more or less useless to everyone involved. However, if you’re willing to dig a little deeper, you may uncover things that no one else was willing to tell you. Start by asking open-ended questions that get to the core of the issue, questions like, “I want to understand your point of view. Could you please provide more detail?” or “How can I improve?” Ask for specifics and, above all else, honesty. These kinds of questions will help keep communication lines open and allow you to walk away with practical and concrete advice."

geekfactor12


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I think Godmachine's perspective on handling critics is also pretty interesting

Xanzibar


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Goshdarnit i refuse to take any criticism on how to take criticism!! Who do you take me for???



But seriously its a nice effort, even though i do seriously doubt that many people will endeavour to research further into this mystical technique you call 'effective reponse to design criticism'.

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JadenKale


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Xanzibar wrote:Goshdarnit i refuse to take any criticism on how to take criticism!! Who do you take me for???



But seriously its a nice effort, even though i do seriously doubt that many people will endeavour to research further into this mystical technique you call 'effective reponse to design criticism'.



Believe me, I fully realize I was preaching to the choir when I posted. I just hoped that a few of the people around here that moan and complain about getting negative feedback and constantly fight anything suggested to them would wander aimlessly in here and read the write up. I certainly don't expect them to listen to us... because hell, what could we POSSIBLY know about taking constructive criticism with grace?


Also, I like Godmachine's write up as well.