You’ll have heard of the need for criticism to be constructive. Something like, “That’s no good because… but here’s how to make it better.”
The “feedback sandwich” is similar — “That part’s great, you need to work on this, but I like this, too.”
But just how necessary is criticism?
Imagine if the sole aim was to encourage, creating a progression in design learning by only commenting on the good, and purposely leaving the bad un-criticised.
Which of these two learning environments would be more effective for design teaching?
- one with a direct focus on the negative aspects of a designer’s work
- or one that’s 100% positive
The first option can potentially demoralise the designer, but at the same time, some see criticism a necessary tool used to help us improve. The second option teaches through positivity, and is likely to breed a student more open to exploring ideas, and less anxious about getting things wrong.
But all that said, we’ll face the inevitable time when a client simply doesn’t like our work, and it isn’t up to a client praise what we do, so will constructive criticism help us deal with clients more efficiently?
Just something I was thinking about.