What is design criticism?


Design criticism involves evaluating and analyzing design work, often leading to feedback that can either affirm the designer's direction or challenge them to rethink and improve. Shane Parrish and his guest Frank Stephenson discussed this aspect extensively, emphasizing the dual role of a designer as both creator and critic. Stephenson highlights how designers are inherently self-critical, always assessing their work and seeking validation from peers. This process can be emotionally challenging, especially when the feedback is negative, but it is crucial for the development and refinement of design work 1 .

Design Criticism

Frank and Shane discuss the self-criticism that comes with designing, the importance of research before starting a project, and the impact of criticism on a designer's work.

The Knowledge Project

Frank Stephenson — The Knowledge Project #76