Iteration, Critique, and Reflection.pdf

Critique ì the goal of every critique is to discover

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Critique ì The goal of every critique is to discover how to make your work better, not win a gold star for perfection. ì Critique focuses on what works, what doesn t and why. It s analysis. ì Creating something good relies upon giving and receiving criticism.
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ì What do people mess up when giving critique?
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Tips for Giving Critique ì First, figure out what the presenter was trying to accomplish. ì Don’t assume. Find out the reason behind thinking, constraints, or other variables. ì Lead with questions. ì If you don’t understand it, be cautious in critiquing it. Admit what you don’t understand (“I’m puzzled about…”). Know your limitations as a critiquer.
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Tips for Giving Critique ì Don’t use phrases like “I really like …” or “I don’t like the way you …”. That’s not real criticism. It’s opinion. ì Offer direction, not prescription. Limit telling the person how to fix the outcome. Foster a discussion on possibilities. ì Be supportive. Your focus is on helping the work improve. Your job is to help steer the developers in the right direction. ì Nobody wins if the discussion is simply an exchange of warm fuzzies.
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ì What do people mess up when receiving critique?
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Tips for Receiving Critique ì Avoid the words: “What do you think?” ì Asking what someone thinks opens up a whole can of worms and can quickly result in ‘I don’t like blue’ type responses that are completely unrelated to your purpose. ì Instead, tailor your questions toward the goal of the project with pointed and narrow questions such as, "Does the blue relate to the 12-16 year old male target audience?” ì It is your job to guide the critique session. Make it valuable to you.
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Tips for Receiving Critique ì Don’t just hear... Listen. Listen. Do you understand what the critics are saying? ì Take notes. ì Participate just like any other critic. ì Bring people back to the goals and objectives of the work.
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Tips for Receiving Critique ì Receiving critique with the right intent takes humility. ì Don’t take it personal... even if someone else seems to be going there. ì Even if you know that someone else is wrong, or in the wrong, take their insights into consideration.
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