Improving the Critique and Design Process

Giving critique is not an easy task. Doing it constructively and effectively without hurting someone’s feelings or coming off as cruel and inflexible is difficult. Being able to successfully critique and create design studios is so important we’ve dedicated many articles and podcasts to the topic, along with a full-day workshop. In this post, we’ve listed out some great free articles and podcasts on this topic. But you can really dive in deep at this year’s User Interface 18 Conference in Boston, October 21-23, 2013. In Adam Connor and Aaron Irizarry workshop Building Consensus in Critiques and Design Studios, you’ll learn how to organize energizing workshops that rally your teams to explore designs and achieve the best possible results. You’ll discover how to reach consensus, improve the conversations you have around design, and create open feedback loops your teams will actually use. Here’s some reading about design studios and critique Building a Cohesive Design Team – Jared M. Spool Jared discusses team characteristics that lead to successful designs. Goods, Bads, and Dailies: Lessons for Conducting Great Critiques – Jared M. Spool Jared explains how child magicians and Pixar Media have mastered critique and how you can incorporate this into your design process. Collaboration through the Design Studio: An Interview with Adam Connor and Aaron IrizarryJared M. Spool Jared interviews Adam Connor and Aaron Irizarry on using a design studio as a process to improve team communication and achieve design goals. Design Studio Workshop: Adding up the Benefits – Jared M. Spool Jared explains how a design studio workshop can help your team work through various design challenges and the...