Feedback is the reaction to a design by others.
Asking for feedback is crucial to improving your designs and your skills. Whether it is a design, a product or even oneself, they all need feedback at one point or another. We would live in perfect world if all we had to do was design on our own and it was ready for final delivery. At some stage in your project you will need to seek out feedback so you might as well get used to it and embrace it for the benefits it provides.
For designers entering the market it can be hard to ask for feedback because they are often times emotionally attached to their designs. They take things personally and resist asking others for feedback. This could end up hurting their skills and their careers. If you just ask anyone for feedback without any guidelines they could end up criticizing your design and doing more damage to your feedback process.
Here are some guidelines for asking feedback:
- Background. Provide some background to the person you are seeking feedback from. This will help them understand the context for your designs.
- Clarity. Be clear as to the type of feedback you are looking for and more importantly what type of feedback you ARE NOT seeking.
- Early and Often. Ask feedback early and often in the project to help you iterate on your designs.
Now you don’t have to act on all the feedback you get. Since you know the project and the design more you can judge for yourself which feedback will help you improve your design.
Do you have any tips about asking for feedback? Let me know.