To get better results when asking for critique, it’s best you be as helpful as the ones critiquing. It helps speed up the process in general. Now, this isn’t about etiquette (there’s lots of stuff out there on that). What I wish to discuss in this post is how to interact with someone when requesting critique on a visual (non literature) project.
Many people like to get feedback on a design, and some even actively seek help to refine a design. When approaching someone for help you first should be polite. This is a given because, well, no one wants to deal with a rude and ungrateful person. When asking for help on a design (or when looking for feedback, period), it’s important you highlight what you’re aiming to do. Tell people how you feel about things you want changed. Let them know what direction you’d like to take. It’s important to give references and as much information as possible. By doing this it leaves less guess work for the critiquing person(s). They can go in knowing what to do instead of sit there and take aimless guesses, possibly hitting on things you personally don’t want critique on. No one knows your mind like you do, after all.
It is important to share the work as well. Do not lean on others to where they do all/most of the work for you (unless they’re getting paid for it, that’s pretty rude). When you receive the critique, make an updated reference and show them. It’s then a fair trade and, if someone wants to, they can draw on additions or alterations they’re thinking of. It’s much more efficient than text descriptions as well. In addition to that, others who may not be artistically inclined can even redline ideas onto your image(s). While making the references is slower than text typing, it’s much easier to deal with and much more accurate.
So, in short:
- Make sure you’re polite.
- Go in prepared and with plenty of information and references.
- Don’t make everyone do the work for you. Instead, work with them.