Design critiques

For creative teams, effective critique cycles can be just as important as the designs themselves. When goals and context aren’t clear, feedback can be unfocused or leave designers confused about next steps. By running your critiques with Asana, feedback is organized and actionable so designers can focus on making great designs.

How to set up a design critique project

  1. Create a project and name it “Design critiques.” Make sure it’s a public project on a public team so it can be accessed by anyone that needs to provide or see feedback.
    • Depending on how you’d like to view the project, you can choose list or board layout.
  2. Assign a Project Owner, like a design team lead or coordinator. As new tasks get added for critiques, they can organize them by presentation date and order.
  3. Organize your project using sections or columns by date, design stage, feedback type, etc.
  4. Create tasks and assign them to the designer that will be presenting. Give the task a due date on the day of the critique so they’re prepared.
  5. Attach files with designs so everyone in the meeting can quickly find them during the critique. You’ll be able to see them directly in the task.
  6. Drag and drop tasks to organize them in the order they will be presented during the meeting.
  7. As the designer presents, make sure the Project Owner (or someone else) takes notes on the feedback in the task description.
    • If anyone has feedback they didn’t share during the meeting, they can comment on the task. This can be ideal for remote teams or external contractors and clients.
  8. When the meeting is over, designers can go through the feedback in the task description and use subtasks to map out how they will incorporate edits. Next steps will be clear, and stakeholders can see how their feedback factors into the next design.

Learn more about Asana’s design process on Medium.

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Tips for managing your design critique project

Use custom fields

Custom fields help you track more information on each task, organize your work, and move tasks smoothly through workflows. For design critiques, you can create a numeric custom field and have designers indicate how much time they need to present. That way, you can plan your meeting effectively and keep it running on time.

Use custom fields in Asana to show time needed to present during a design critique meeting

Start conversations

If you need feedback on the fly, you can post a project conversation or team conversation in Asana to get quick feedback from teammates. Attach files or @mention other tasks and projects for easy reference. Teammates can post comments with their feedback—no meetings or long email chains necessary.

Use team and project conversations in Asana to reduce email, get fast feedback, and keep conversations all in one place with your work

Plan your design critique meetings in Asana for more focused, accessible feedback, so designers have clear next steps to create their best work yet.

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