Design Crits - Additional Information
A critique (or more informally a "crit") is an opportunity for us to come together as a small group and examine and discuss a creative artifact - a design wireframe, a persona, a newly-implemented UI or software component, etc.
These design crits are informal, constructive, specific, and respectful. It's a forum where anyone from the community can bring their designs and receive feedback.
The idea is to focus on tangibles, not on abstract plans:
- What have we designed or built?
- why is it like this, what are its strengths, and how can we make it better?
Since these meetings are participant driven, there will be occasions when the crit will not meet. Meetings will be announced in the schedule above, and to the relevant mailing lists (i.e. inclusive design community list, and fluid-work).
Why do Critiques?
Techniques like UX Walkthroughs, Inclusive Design Mapping Tool ("Petals & Flowers"), or User States and Contexts will help us concretely assess and discuss an artifact from different perspectives. It's based on the idea that creative work gets stronger when it is discussed amongst peers and diverse ideas are considered.
Crits help us to:
- amplify the strengths of a design
- suggest alternative trajectories
- reflect on our work through the lenses of different users
- identify areas of confusion
- focus on tangible artifacts, not just abstract ideas or goals
Design crits are intentionally informal and casual
We try to keep design crits very informal and casual on purpose. This makes it easier for participants to share designs (requiring less time preparing formal presentations), and opens up more time for organic conversations. A formal presentation of your project or design is not required, and we encourage a more conversational approach.
Presenting at Design Crits
Design crits are a great opportunity to discuss designs, refine ideas, ask questions, and get feedback. To get the most out of a design crit:
- Come prepared with specific design issues to share - this will help focus the discussion on the topics that will help you.
- Try not cover too much or expect to have every question addressed.
- Design crits are intended to be 1 hour in length to help keep the discussion productive and specific.
- If needed, another design crit can be scheduled to continue the discussion, or you can take advantage of the Inclusive Design Community mailing list to reach a broader audience.