I was just sent a great article about how to respond effectively to design criticism by Smashing Magazine. Now I know that no designer likes receiving criticism (even if it is constructive!), but criticism is necessary whether we like it or not. The article begins with a quote from Winston Churchill, who said:
“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”
The article then goes on to show how criticism is actually an opportunity for the designer to grow, and covers important aspects of constructive criticism, and how you can learn from it. I think that this is a really interesting and useful article. If you’re the type of designer that feels like any criticism is a personal attack, and immediately retort with something like “Yeah, well your ugly!” when someone says they don’t like the colours you have used, then I think you should spend some time having a read through it!
To read the full article, click on the link: how to respond effectively to design criticism. The article has already been tweeted over 500 times so you can tell that this article strikes a chord with many designers out there.