Critique Preparation for Presenters
1) Decide What is Being Critiqued
- Artifact, Design Problem, Process, Research, etc?
- What design phase is the critique intended for?
2) What Type of Critique Is It?
- Live feedback or Delayed feedback? In-person or online?
- Pin Up Artifact, Projector, Monitor, Online, etc?
3) What Do You Need to Bring to the Critique?
- What deliverables are you asked to bring? Ex: Poster, sketches, prototypes, etc.
- Give yourself adequate time to finish your deliverables. Ex: Time needed to print, Test colors on the monitor, Upload deadline, etc.
4) Who’s in the Critique?
- Will participants include peers, guests, teacher, etc?
- Do you know the individual history, design background, and expertise of your Critic(s)? Think about what can they help you with.
- Based on the audience, how do you effectively communicate your artifact?
5) Timing of the Critique
- Critique duration?
- Time allotted for presentation vs. questions?
- Know key points and info hierarchy of your presentation based on time constraints
6) What Do You Hope to Get Out of This Critique?
- What design phase is your artifact in and are you progressing the way you want?
- Have specific questions / comments for the audience about your issues
- Prioritize questions based on time constraints
- Notify your audience of anything you don’t want critique on at this time
7) Plan for the Day of Critique
- When and where is the critique?
- When do you need to get up? Where do you need go before class? etc.
- For group critiques, make sure your work is done before the critique session begins
- For desk critiques, keep working until the Critic approaches
- For online critiques, stay on task (pay attention!)