The Lost Art of Critique
Recently I have been noticing a trend in the way people are offering “critiques”, or “feedback” within the various design communities. I am pretty sure this is nothing new, but as of late three particular events have brought to into focus a very negative of this aspect of our community interaction.
By no means is this a rant, but more of an encouragement for all of us (myself definitely included) who interact with others in our respective communities top re-evaluate the value of our critiques of others work.
As mentioned in the video the three instances that really caught my attention were;
1) The launch of fflick.com, and the ensuing public skewering (for lack of better words) of Marc Hemeon, for making a mistake in his implementation of logging in with twitter.
3) A Dribbble shot about Dribbble Etiquette .
In all three of these circumstances it is amazing to see such a talented community losing sight of the value of critique. I know we can all get caught up ( I know I do) in being critical from time to time.
Having a critical eye is crucial to design, but having a constantly critical attitude is damaging to our community, and ourselves.
Well there you have it… just some food for thought. I welcome your feedback on this topic.
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