Effective Critique on Creative Work and Design Thinking

By Kristine Hwang and Carole Mauge-Lewis.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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Constructive criticism helps designers improve their work. By effectively critiquing their own creative work as well as others', designers can learn to improve their work and help other designers improve theirs as well. Students can learn these effective critique skills through practices in the classroom. Design thinking is extremely important in the critique session because a design can be evaluated more constructively and effectively when it is based on design thinking. Therefore, it is very important to improve design thinking in order to make a design better. The topics will cover: 1) Various Critique Stage Set-up 2) How to Accept Criticism 3) How to Give Constructive Criticism 4) Building an Essential and a Good Critique Structure 5) The Importance of Design Thinking

Keywords: Constructive Critique, Design Thinking

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.47-55. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 570.374KB).

Kristine Hwang

Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Kristine Hwang has always prided herself on delivering cutting edge and innovative graphic design. Hwang enjoys creating design concepts for better communication using the most current technology. Her passion is teaching and sharing her experiences and knowledge with students. Her working experiences at Eastman Kodak and several web site and design consulting companies as well as educational background, BA in graphic design at San Diego State University and MFA in computer graphics design at Rochester Institute of Technology, bring all excitement and practical assets to the classroom. Hwang also loves working on the projects for non-profit organizations and pro bono projects because she strongly believes that her creative graphic and multimedia design will influence our daily lives and it will contribute to our better lives in the society.

Carole Mauge-Lewis

Professor of Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Kennesaw State University, USA

With graphic design being such a powerful and dynamic discipline for solving visual problems, Maugé-Lewis’ focus is on the students' understanding of and the ability to apply the design elements and principles to develop solutions that deliver clear messages to the right audiences. They must understand and explore typographic form, syntax and communication, with meticulous attention being paid to page layout and composition. Maugé-Lewis holds a BFA and MFA from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In the classroom, Maugé-Lewis encourages students to commit to researching and looking at all sides of the problem to find the most effective solutions. This is accomplished by building a strong foundation of problem-solving and effective design thinking and critiquing skills along with thoughtful strategic plans. Maugé-Lewis believes that positive critique and articulation of concepts help to develop a strong design vocabulary and are very important during the design process. Mastery of the ever-changing technology calls for excellent technical skills for every graphic designer and so the student must become proficient in these skills by constant practice. Maugé-Lewis also believes that graphic design takes a highly motivated, disciplined and strategic thinker who looks within the problem to find the right solution, with the goal being to design effective solutions that deliver thought-provoking and meaningful messages to audiences across multiple media formats. The ultimate goal is to produce students who are motivated to become critical thinkers, understand design thinking and have a passion for visual communication.