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Crit on the Wall | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Crit on the Wall

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I think it’s easy for designer’s to take for granted the informal crits that they can have with their fellow workmates if you’re in a studio. But if you’re a designer that works alone or in a company where you’re the only creative one – where do you go to bounce ideas off with other designers? I received an interesting e-mail recently asking me if I knew of any web sites that offer crits because they work alone.

Personally I don’t know of any sites that do that, but if you do know of any – please post the urls. However I’m also thinking that if there isn’t anything like that, would you be interested in participating? Whether you are looking to get feedback or if you’re willing to share you’re experience with others. I don’t see this so much as a public site, but more about matching people up to share the drive to get better. But maybe there’s a better idea out there too. If you’re up to it, send me an e-mail or post a comment…

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  • http://do.palicio.us Adrian

    Hi Michael,

    Newstoday.com has a public feed where you can post work and ask for feedback in the discussion board.

    BTW, I’m currently redesigning my own site and hopefully can get your feedback when it’s ready?

  • http://www.michaelsurtees.com Michael Surtees

    Sure thing Adrian, and thanks for the link…

  • http://luisishere.blogspot.com L.Vazquez

    I work alone, in-house. No art director. I usually try to go to anyone for feedback. I usually get positive, non-constructive feedback. I always thought it was a good idea to have some sort of website where it’s main function was for people like us to get constructive, useful feedback.

    -L

  • http://www.jackcheng.com Jack

    Nice idea – I agree with you about it not being public… getting feedback from a few friends is one thing, but posting a work-in-progress on a public message board visible to the entire world is another. I’m not sure if there’s a social networking site out there for designers, but this would be a cool feature to build into it.

  • http://www.disegnostudio.com Christina

    Sign me up! It’s a grand idea. Aside from the GDC listserv and the occasional person posting the need for feedback, I’ve never heard of such a group.

  • Litherland

    Over time I’ve built up a network of people whose feedback, honesty and eyes I trust.

    As for existing venues, doesn’t Flickr have invitation-only crit pools?

  • http://www.michaelsurtees.com Michael Surtees

    Thanks for the feedback, I still need some time to think if there’s anything more that I can do. Caren, flickr is an option – but I wonder if the invitation-only feature is a bit elitist for this purpose. There’s a number of ways that I think an invite-only membership can be interpreted.

  • Litherland

    Well, as you know, I’ve never really been one for the elitist, members-only thing, either. But

    I don’t see this so much as a public site, but more about matching people up to share the drive to get better.

    what did you have in mind? What form would it take? What technologies would it use?