How to engage in productive design critiques

Tegra - October 9, 2019 - 0 comments

How to engage in productive design critiques

​​​👩🏾‍⚕️️️️️️​​👨🏻‍💻​ Give feedback and grow as a designer

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​​You’re already all too familiar with posts and content around giving feedback to your colleagues and peers. I created this post as a kind of refresher because I believe it’s essential always to return back to the fundamentals of significant practices in design.

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Love it or fear it - design feedback is essential for your ideas to flourish  Gathering feedback must be a crucial element in your design process. To maximise the advantages of receiving feedback, you'll want to be deliberate about it. Here's some key points when you're engaging in a feedback session.
Be constructive  To be constructive when gibing feedback is a essential. It's surprising that we still have to establish it when facilitating a feedback session. But what does it mean to be constructive?  Definition:
"Having or intended to have a useful or beneficial purpose"
Example:  Presenter: What do you think of my thinking in this flow?  Critiquer: I really like the simplicity of the approach and the well defined flow out content. What if you could minimise the 3rd step for logged in users?  This is an example of good feedback. Positive reinforcment honest and, constructive.
Focus on the problem, not the solution.  I've found when you engage in a feedback session, focusing on the problem (if clearly explained by the presenter) opens the room for positive collaboration, rather than breaking down the proposed solution.
Define the goals you and your team wants to achieve  The presenter should explain the goals of the project, their rationale behind the decisions and what they're looking to get feedback on.
Hurt feelings? Breathe.  When receiving feedback, remind yourself that it's not directed at you. Don't take it personally. Instead, probe the critiquer for more insight.  - Talk less, listen more.
- Write down the feedback.
- Ask for more clarification. Don't just accept the feedback. Ask questions.
- Create scenarios to give context and to test your ideas.
Lights, action, camera's flashin'  Design critiques are a great way to attain qualitative data on your designs that can be transformed into actionable information. The next step is to specify the feedback you received and discuss with your product team the points and how to proceed.
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​​Masters of UX contributes insights, tips and best practices to designing ethical digital products for humans @mastersofux

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