601 Design Critique Party: Getting Feedback, Having Fun
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 28
Something big is missing from the L&D field: design critiques. Critiques are collaborative sessions that help designers find solutions to design problems. Many creative fields use design critiques to improve the implementation of their products. Input from others brings new perspectives and insights to one’s work. Feedback makes designers more effective and creates a positive work culture. Yet, in learning experience design, critiques are vastly under-used.
You can change the culture by participating in this critique party and bringing your new skills back to the job. This session will quickly run through the rules of running an effective design critique. It’s all about posing questions that help others solve their design problems. Then volunteers will have the opportunity to present their (draft or finished) work, state what they want to achieve, and get ideas, inspiration, and feedback from their peers in 10- to 15-minute rounds. This is an excellent way to break through obstacles if you are stuck and to improve your instructional and visual design skills.
In this session, you will learn:
- The etiquette and rules for running an effective design critique
- How to maintain an open discussion
- How to focus on achieving the designer’s objectives
- The difference between critique and criticism
- How to verbalize potential solutions so they are helpful
Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers. Attendees should have a basic understanding of learning experience design and be willing to have an open discussion to help others find solutions to design challenges.
Technology discussed in this session:
eLearning, websites, mobile designs, learning portals, informal approaches, slides, etc.
Mastering Instructional Design
Connie Malamed is the founder of the Mastering Instructional Design community. She is a consultant, author, and speaker in the fields of online learning, visual communication, and information design. She has helped nonprofit, government, and corporate clients transform their content into effective and interactive learning experiences for more than 20 years. Connie is the author of Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers, and publishes The eLearning Coach website and podcast. She was honored with the Guild Master award in 2018 for contributions to the learning technologies industry.