So to be able to do this with the added benefit of helping a student or fellow professionals improve upon their skills helps me stay in shape, so to speak.
Critiquing and directing other peoples’ creative work creates an endorphin-like rush that motivates me to do better work.
It forces me to see from the outside of a design as opposed to inside of it-a different perspective on creative work can really be helpful in improving and strengthening your own skill set. I love to have the opportunity to use my experiences and what I know to help up-and-coming creatives to learn what they need to help make their work successful.
Every single time I am given the opportunity to work with students or review a portfolio I always say yes. I generally go in thinking that I am going to really help someone be a better designer by critiquing their work, and I hope I do. But it continues to surprise me how every time I leave a review or critique I am the one who feels like I got something out of it.
So, say yes to being reviewed, and say yes to being a reviewer if you get the chance. It’s always a good thing to add more tools to your kit or sharpen the ones you’ve already got regardless of the level you are at. Design is a wonderful world, I hope you’ll join me here. Because design matters.