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Appreciate Critiques, They’re Not Your Enemy

The first pieces of design are obviously the hardest because you see your designs as your most precious pieces of art that you are not willing to let go of. Then critique day creeps up on you telling you otherwise. Sometimes the critiques can go very well or put you back to square one of not knowing where to begin. Critiques used to often frighten me, but then I slowly accepted them as positive feedback improve myself as a designer. This fear of judgement always repeated itself until I finally realized that as a design student I need to face these challenges. Suddenly I’d look forward to critiques because they would help me tweak my work and guide me in a better direction. If someone is truly looking for improvement, then the best way is to challenge themselves. Receiving criticism may seem difficult at first. If you can’t do an assignment or task requiring a bit of effort and hard work, then you won’t know how to challenge yourself to learn and do better in other areas.


  1. Antonino Gugliotta wrote:

    Tamika, this was a great post. Definitely one that I can relate to, especially after have a bad critique experience this past week. Some students in my class took personal offense and began insulting each other. Instead of a place for feedback and communication it became almost a joke. Every art student should know how to receive feedback in a positive manner, however, we all should also be respectful when giving critiques.


    Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink
  2. Emily Krause wrote:

    Critiques should always be appreciated! They offer an opportunity to learn how to give and take criticism. I love the photo you added in your post.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink
  3. Colleen Mullins wrote:

    I really like this post! Critiques have always been something I’ve struggled with, mostly because I have a tendency to take everything personally. I’m still trying to get the hang of accepting feedback, but I’m getting there and I’m learning how to use that feedback to better my work. I just have to keep in mind that it’s my work that’s being critiqued, not me.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:49 pm | Permalink
  4. Ann Kang wrote:

    Critique is really important to improve on our designs. Our designs will never grow up without it. Love your photo.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
  5. Kaitlyn Hines wrote:

    Critiques are a constant struggle for me as I have to keep reminding myself that they don’t mean I should quit or that I’m a horrible artist, but that I should consider the feedback I receive in future works so that I can improve.

    It is so hard to separate yourself from your work, but critiques really are your best friend. Well said.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:53 am | Permalink