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440: Don’t Call It a Design Critique

May 25, 2022

This week, we talk about how to make design critiques more fun, and how to encourage teams to share their work-in-progress more often.

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This week, we talk about how to make design critiques more fun, and how to encourage teams to share their work-in-progress more often.

Amie Chen asks on GitHub: I have a question: I'm part of a design team that has lots of talented designers and everyone is supportive, humble, and doing great work. But no one seems to want to sign up for weekly design critiques (but rather like sharing WIP in slack) and every time my manager encourages she would hear all kinds of excuses. Curious how does your team establish a recurring design critique sessions? Is it mandatory? Or does everyone just love to share? What's the process of signing up one?

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