Here are some ideas and considerations for giving and taking constructive criticism for web designs.
- Respect the knowledge, experience, work and feedback of others, and thank them for it.
- Be considerate of feelings. Be careful of wording. Be constructive, helpful and grateful rather than malicious or defensive.
- Be dispassionate. Focus on design details.
- Keep a sense of humility. No single person alone has sufficient knowledge of all user needs and design considerations.
- A balanced critique is likely to be better received and more helpful than an entirely positive or negative critique.
- Be specific and descriptive. Explaining a design's strengths and problems is more helpful than just stating likes and dislikes.
- Consider multiple aspects of a design, such as appearance, organization, navigation and content of different pages.
- Give evidence for your opinions when you can; otherwise, acknowledge that they are subjective.
- Provide and value suggestions, while understanding that they might not be directly implemented. Finding design solutions is primarily the job and expertise of designers.
- There is no perfect design. Don't fixate on just one or two design options; there are always many other possible alternatives to consider.