ADVICE / 20
today’s advice posts are for artists in general (not just freelancers). Q: how to get back on track after bad criticism on a design you made?
everyone has an opinion. the trick is to only listen to the ones that matter. if the criticism came from a designer you admire, ask them why they think it’s bad. they may (or may not) have some good feedback that could help you. ask them what they would’ve done. it’s up to you if you want to listen.
if it were me, i wouldn’t waste another second thinking about what joe-shmoe said on your latest design. who cares what they think?! if you’re happy and the client loves what you’ve done, that’s all that matters. don’t dwell, move on.
we have all been there. and criticism doesn’t necessarily get easier to swallow, but katie is right, you can’t dwell on it. i remember at my first job there was an art director that really held me back. he would look at the projects that I would submit and wouldn’t say a word. he would just change everything I did ( after awhile, I thought graphic design wasn’t for me). I still wish he had just TOLD me how I could have improved or why his designs were better. but that experience only made me stronger and more appreciative of people that criticized my work, because at least I knew they were trying to help me grow. well, most of them. some people are just bullies.
and people have different taste! not everyone is going to love what you create. and that’s totally fine!