Don’t ask for critique if you only want validation. If you want a hug, just ask.
Scott Berkun on How to Run a Design Critique:
Listen before speaking. Many times in work environments, we confuse conversations, which should be exchanges of ideas, with opportunities to inflict our opinions on others.
Andrew Follett on responding effectively to design criticism:
While design is subjective, 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.
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