Design crits, at least the way they were delivered when I was in design school, were tricky things to execute. When looking at any project, the professor needed to evaluate whether the student had followed the assignment, deduce the student's intent, contextualize the design, identify strengths and weaknesses, and offer helpful advice or criticism on how to improve. There was also the minefield of what is and isn't subjective to navigate.
Chris Salomone is one of the designer/builders we feature in our Weekly Makers Roundup, and while he's not a professor of design, he's got both an innate sense of style and a good grasp of the art of the crit. He's started doing a new series called "Let's Talk About Design" whereby viewers send in their project plans for evaluation. I thought Salomone's advice, subjectivity aside, was both helpful and insightful:
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While the video's only around four minutes, I actually appreciate the brevity; how grueling were some of those marathon grillings we received at school?