How to give constructive design feedback

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

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First, who is receiving the feedback?

Next, let’s look at some misunderstandings when feedback is poorly delivered.

Now let’s consider the needs and emotions of the designer receiving feedback.

1. The designer often feel close to the work on a personal level.

2. The designer may have already considered or addressed your feedback in another way.

3. The designer may need to move forward quickly and want clear and actionable feedback.

4. The designer is often under pressure while presenting their work.

Wrapping it up

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

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