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The Why & How of Critique

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

In my experience as an art student, the hardest part of the art-making process was presenting my work for critique. It could feel so personal! This was most likely due to many different reasons. Not the least of which was our culture’s tendency to link criticism to negative thoughts and actions. Critiquing the work of others, however, is a prerequisite for creative work. Roberto Verganti and Don Norman proposed in their 2019 article Why Criticism is Good for Creativity for the Harvard Business Review, “Yet without critical feedback, you would hardly understand why your original idea did not work.”1 In other words, we need the insight of others to help us see our own work more clearly. We are simply too close to understand how we can make improvements!

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