Discussing Design
Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2015
Pages: 206

Real critique has become a lost skill among collaborative teams today. Critique is intended to help teams strengthen their designs, products, and services, rather than be used to assert authority or push agendas under the guise of "feedback." In this practical guide, authors Adam Connor and Aaron Irizarry teach you techniques, tools, and a framework for helping members of your design team give and receive critique.

Using firsthand stories and lessons from prominent figures in the design community, this book examines the good, the bad, and the ugly of feedback. You’ll come away with tips, actionable insights, activities, and a cheat sheet for practicing critique as a part of your collaborative process.

This book covers:

  • Best practices (and anti-patterns) for giving and receiving critique
  • Cultural aspects that influence your ability to critique constructively
  • When, how much, and how often to use critique in the creative process
  • Facilitation techniques for making critiques timely and more effective
  • Strategies for dealing with difficult people and challenging situations
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Simple, straightforward but effective

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    I love that the book gives you a framework for giving critique that is simple to follow.

    Very thoughtful how the authors have broken critique to it's basic when, when, how, where, etc. This helped to bring up the simple notion of "WHEN to give critique". Feeling out when it's not too early to give feedback and when it's too late.

    I would have like more examples, but even without them, I think I can apply the teachings effectively.

     
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    Great for newcomers, good for a refresher too

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      This book would really do well for someone new to establishing a culture of proper design critique in their practice, and even for those of us who have been in the industry a number of years this is a good combination of refresher and update. I say 'update' since the old-school methods of critique just don't elicit the best results, and there are some great methods and guidance in this book.

      Overall, a recommended read.

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