Design Critics

Steven Heller says designers need to critique other designers:

Design has reached a level of maturity where criticism is essential to intellectual conversation. In fact, such writing was more frequent ten and twenty years ago when there were more periodicals devoted to design than there are today. The venues for design criticism have shrunken and so have the number of critics. Meanwhile, in the mainstream press there are very few professional critics assigned to this beat; from time to time a general culture reporter picks up the slack. But the most effective critics are designers themselves—and not just by default. If designers are not empowered to critique their colleagues’ work, we are left with a void.

November 27, 2019