Successful design critique: The importance of sharing work and taking feedback gracefully

The importance of regularly sharing your work in design critique, and the key elements that make for a successful process.

However, getting feedback asynchronous whether that be through a video, slack, or online document can present its set of challenges. Here are a few strategies for getting async design feedback that have helped me over the years.

Gathering feedback

First, it is essential to have a clear and organised way of presenting your work to others. This might involve creating a presentation or portfolio that highlights the main features and functionality of your design, and providing a detailed explanation of the project's goals and objectives. Additionally, it is important to be prepared to answer questions and engage in discussion with others about your work.

When it comes to taking feedback, it's essential to approach it with a gracious and open-minded attitude. Listen carefully to what others have to say and consider their thoughts thoughtfully, even if they don't align with your ideas or perspective. It's also essential to be willing to change your design based on the feedback, while still keeping the overall vision and goals of the project in mind.

It's also essential to provide context and relevant information about your project when explaining its goals. This might include detailing the problem it's trying to solve, the target audience and market, and the key features and benefits of the design.

When working with engineers and PMs, active listening is key. Be engaged and attentive during discussions, and don't be afraid to ask questions and seek clarification. Additionally, engage in dialogue constructively, with respect and an open mind, and be willing to consider different perspectives and ideas.

In summary, sharing your work regularly and taking feedback graciously, explaining the goals of your project, and actively listening to others are all important aspects of design critique and feedback. By approaching these things with a friendly and open-minded attitude, you'll be able to effectively collaborate with your team and create successful and innovative designs.

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