This is great, thanks so much for sharing! In addition to design presentation, I think this can also serve as a blueprint for our design process as every project is a story in the making.


Constructive feedback helps build a safe environment for designers to grow. I believe we should give feedback the way we want to receive it.

Illustration with small plant growing out of a speech bubble
Illustration with small plant growing out of a speech bubble

Giving and receiving design feedback are crucial skills, yet often overlooked. The feedback we get helps us improve our work and makes us better designers. In return, the feedback we give helps other designers improve their work, as well. Feedback helps build trusting and collaborative relationships with those we work with. Given how important feedback is, the delivery and receptiveness of feedback are just as important as the feedback itself, and I believe that we should give feedback the way we want to receive it. …


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I wanted to share a lesson I learned back in college days.

We normally put our work up on the wall and our instructor would go around to critique them. More often than not, our work ends up in the trash bin afterwards. It was brutal but reflecting back I think it’s a great way for us to not get married to our work and develop the courage to drastically improve it.

So…anyone wants to join me in this challenge:

Throw away the first version of our design/work in the trash — regardless of how amazing we think they are.

Do you have other ideas or suggestions? I’d love to hear them!

Thomas Trần

I'm a designer and leader of Cloud Platforms Design Team at MongoDB

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