GDA Lecture: Critiquing in Design: A how-to for success

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On October 9th, Tyler Dockery met with the GDA to lecture on Critiquing in Design.

papyrus-or-comic-sans- a comic by Toothpaste for Dinner
papyrus-or-comic-sans- a comic by Toothpaste for Dinner

GDA Lecture: Critiquing in Design: A how-to for success

With a small group in attendance, Tyler Dockery discussed the finer points of graphic design critique strategy, outlining standard ways of approaching works such as:

  • Appraising all pieces to gain a clear hierarchy
  • Getting an overall feel for a particular piece
  • Volunteering which piece is your favorite, and discussing your favorite points about that piece in a logical order
  • Discussing what a piece is doing right, and why it’s working
  • Discussing what a piece is doing wrong, and why it isn’t working
  • Defending your ideas and keeping your cool
  • Learning to take criticism
  • What you can learn from mistakes
  • How to nicely tell someone they made major errors
  • Learning you can be negative and still be nice
  • Telling people what they don’t want to hear

Together, Tyler Dockery, Marsha Mills (leader of the GDA) and students present talked about several pieces of design, and how it might be best to approach those pieces in the classroom.

The session ended with an open invitation for all students to meet with Tyler Dockery or Marsha Mills at any time to discuss their pieces.

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