Existing critique scenaryCurrently, a verbal discussion is the major method of communication in the critique space. Professors are applying different tools such as sticky notes to help students better manage feedback transferred between a presenter and the audience but it is still inconsistent to support smooth feedback transfer. 

Research Method

This project has three months of in-depth research process. Begin with basic background research; the research conducted several semi-structured interviews with professors, designers, and design students to explore the critique environment from different perspectives. By doing so, we could learn what helps and hinders the academic practices of students in a critique space.

Research Findings



Critique environment lacks in its communication with non-designers. This makes students struggle when they work in a real field which is often multi-disciplinary with various non-designers.



Final reviews lacks motivation and effectiveness and further demotivates students as there is no next step for it. It weakens the impact of professional insights shared during the critique.



More constructive structure is needed in academic critique environment. Especially it needs: Better methods to capture feedback, tool to set up critique culture, and consistent methods to deliver/archive feedback.

So, how might we create a systematic structure that enables good management of verbal feedback and allows broad topics of discussion in final reviews?

Current critique environment keeps its traditional format of verbal discussion to share feedback. By importing digital tools that ease the management of verbal discussion, it will support students to focus better on listening to the conversation instead of archiving them.