DESIGN CRITIQUE GUIDE

Leading Effective
Design Critiques

We surveyed product designers and design managers from 200 companies about the challenges they have when running remote design critiques and how they deal with those.

We compiled this guide to help you get expert best practices on how to
lead better more effective design critiques with your team.

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WE INTERVIEWED 200+ PRODUCT DESIGNERS AND LEADERS.
BELOW ARE SOME OF THE COMPANIES THEY WORK WITH

WE INTERVIEWED 200+ PRODUCT DESIGNERS AND LEADERS.
BELOW ARE SOME OF THE COMPANIES THEY WORK WITH

WHAT'S INSIDE THE GUIDE

Best practices for running
better design critiques

Setting proper boundaries

Expert tips on how to set proper boundaries and expectations to get the feedback you are looking for.

Distinction for design critiques & design reviews

Setting expectations on the differences between design critiques and design reviews.

Prioritizing design after a critique session

Ways on how to prioritize in which direction to take action after a critique session.

Overcoming challenges when running critiques

Ways for resolving conflicts and debates in a critique session.


Jeff Smith -Senior Design Manager, Coinbase
BEST PRACTICES

Distinction between
critiques and reviews

Critiques are about support and unblocking from moving forward with the project. 

Reviews are for getting sign-off / approvals from leadership or larger cross-functional teams.

BEST PRACTICES

Ways to prioritize the feedback after critique

Does the design solve our user problem?

Is the design missing a step in the workflow?

Are the steps in the workflow too complex?

Did you make correct assumptions about what the user needs to see?


Leslie Yang - Director of Product Design, OpenTable
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GRATITUDE

Design leaders who support this project

Deepest thanks to the following people who graciously offered feedback and support while working on the Design Critique Guide. Additionally many thanks to the 200+ people who shared their learnings and filled out our survey.

Leslie Yang

Director, Product Design
‍OpenTable

Si Min Lee

Lead Product Designer
Zendesk

Jeff Smith

Senior Design Manager
Coinbase

Sun Dai

Senior Product Designer
Facebook

Aniruddha Kadam

Senior Design Manager
LinkedIn

Liana Dumitru

Design Manager
Plaid

Jian Wei

Design Manager
‍Zendesk

Cammy Lin

Design Manager
Everlaw

Rory Smyth

Senior Staff Product Designer
Databricks