Being a designer, you will always get criticisms from clients, fellow designers, friends, and others. Since your work requires good visual impact, criticisms are just natural in your work. You will definitely be thankful to them for their positive inputs. In order to improve, some designers like to listen to criticisms from others so that they can achieve optimum efficiency. They require good output while working on their project.
There are two forms of criticism. Constructive criticism or good criticism for strengthening their weaknesses and pessimistic criticism or bad criticism for creating an argument. They should be capable of dealing with it positively regardless of the criticism’s form. In order to become a better designer, you should turn negative criticisms into positive criticisms. The following tips will help you in dealing with criticisms positively.
1. Self Confidence:
Self-confidence is essential for you to handle all the challenges that comes in your way. You require self trust to face criticisms positively and work well. Never lose the designer in you by keeping in mind that you aren’t perfect and be ready to face criticisms without losing self-confidence.
2. Good Listener:
You must allow your clients to criticize your design when you face them by letting them say and talk what they want. They will stop criticizing you if you nod and listen to them. When your clients stop, you can explain and speak your side. Speak less, listen more, and never argue or quarrel with your clients. Keep in mind that patience is virtue and so be easy on your client eventhough they are difficult.
3. Distinguishing The Form of Criticism:
You should be capable of distinguishing a good criticism from a bad one by clarifying the intentions. Good criticisms will help in your work improvement while bad criticisms might include personal insults. Listen to a good criticism since they are constructive and will make you a better designer. Never allow anyone to insult you while giving a bad criticism by telling them that their saying is inappropriate for professional transaction.
4. Controlling Anger:
Anger control is needed for a professional because if your anger is uncontrollable you will be unsuccessful. Never allow emotion to get over professionalism while hearing a client’s comments.
5. Being Humble:
If your side is okay, then defend your design. If your design is wrong, admitting is better by staying humble. Since you are talented, it does not mean that you will always be right since humans make mistakes.
6. Using Intellect:
While facing bad criticisms, answering with dexterity, intelligence, and confidence is better than argument and quarrel by giving a rational and logical. Your client will also understand that he is pointless. Mind your language and words during an argument to let your client know that you’re intelligent.
7. Never Take It Personally:
Never take criticisms personally and be thankful about their feedback regarding your work. If you are getting a feedback, it means that your client is analyzing your project’s success.
8. Clarifying The Intention:
You must clarify the person’s intention before reacting or saying something by looking into the points he is emphasizing and listening to the words. Be thankful that someone is criticizing to improve your design.
As a designer, criticisms are natural. It will either build you or break you. Never lose your enthusiasm. An adage says, “to escape criticism say nothing, be nothing, and do nothing.” Criticisms are part of being a designer because their life is challenging and colorful. Facing the criticisms is important since taking it positively will make you a better person and a designer.