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The National Portrait Gallery unveils official portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady -  DC
Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose next to their official portrait at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday, February 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)


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Critical critiques… a How To.

il_570xN.315699705Hey students,

With classes starting to have critiques, lets keep in mind ideas surrounding “How to have a Critical Critique”

Graphic Design is about COMMUNICATION. In order to be “ambassadors of design excellence”, you must not only be able to communicate within your design, but outside of the design and in the critique/classroom setting.

I’ve compiled a few web links with some ideas on critical thinking and the critique process. As with a lot of things in art/design, critiques are subjective and you are certainly entitled to your own opinions and aesthetics. Check these out to continue the conversation.

1. “ Design Criticism and the Design Process” by Cassie McDaniel.

2. This is a humorous take on critiques, as seen in the classic Tim Dunn of Project Runway. 😉 He surprisingly is spot on, most of the time and occasionally reminds me of my most supportive former professors and most harsh/critical former professors.

Above image from Emily McDowell

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