ACM SIGGRAPHia

Courses: “Delivering Creative Feedback: Critique Workshop”

by on Aug.08, 2012, under Courses, SIGGRAPH 2012

As attendees entered room 406AB, student volunteers handed them two sheets of paper, charcoal, and a paper towel. Their purpose was later revealed when Evan Hirsch, the course leader, had attendees draw the right side of the room. The drawings were used as a tool to encourage feedback from others. Hirsch talked about the easiest ways to kill morale which included: ambiguity, subjectivity, inconsistency and thoughtlessness. When asking for feedback from peers, an artist should create a brief that defines the problem and establishes the constraints. This prevents any confusion on what aspect of the work requires feedback.

When giving feedback, be careful to be constructive and give specifics on what isn’t working; don’t just say you don’t like something. Hirsch also talked about the importance of not telling an artist how to fix the problem. Allowing them the opportunity to sort it out for themselves gives a greater sense of buy in and an opportunity to recover from their “failing.”

With these new principles in mind, Hirsch had attendees make a second drawing of the right side of the room with specific requirements in mind. It had to be a single line drawing that was fun and proportionate; the critique of the second drawing focused on whether or not the artist had fulfilled their requirements.


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