Our ability to critique speaks directly to the quality of the conversations and collaboration we have with our teammates, whether they be designers, developers, or stakeholders. The ideas and designs we have for the services, products and websites we’re creating depend on this feedback. 

This workshop examines the language, rules and strategies for critique and provides participants with takeaways that can immediately be put to work to create a useful, collaborative environment for discussing design. 

The contents of this presentation focus on: 
-Understanding what critique is and why feedback on it’s own is problematic.
-How to introduce critique to team members who may be unfamiliar with it.
-Ways to improve our ability to deliver, collect and receive critique.
-Facilitation techniques for improving the quality of feedback discussions.
-Best practices for incorporating critiques into a design process.
-Identifying common challenges to critique in orgs and tools to overcome them.

Content Outline

Critique Basics
-3 Forms of feedback
-Understanding critique and how it differs from feedback
-Why critique is important
-Framework for constructing critique
-Best practices for giving & receiving critique

How Critique Fits Into The Design Process
-Rules of critique
-Foundational project information for useful critique: Personas, Goals, Scenarios, Principles.
Standalone Critiques
-Planning & kickoff
-Facilitating to collect critique
-Dealing with difficult people and challenging situations
-Follow up and acting on critique

Design Reviews
-The challenges design reviews present for critique
-Suggestions for addressing the challenges of design reviews

Collaborative Activities
-Best practices for brainstorms and idea generation
-Critique as a tool for finding consensus