How to fix a broken online design community
I’ve been planning to write about this for a while, but didn’t know where to start.
I had several occasions where I felt people were being too friendly, or holding back from any constructive feedback, when browser the digital design community. Think Behance, Dribbble, Briefbox.me, and so on.
Of course there is nothing wrong with being nice, and a compliment can often be under valued, but wouldn’t it be great to see a lively and active design community where we’re giving each other constructive feedback, as a way of sharing our knowledge with other peers?
To verify my point I researched 100 random comments from Dribbble. Because perhaps I was wrong. Perhaps there was enough design critique going on.
Below the summary document in which I summarized:
- What words are most often used.
- How many words an average comment is.
- How nice or offensive a comment most often is.
- If comments are actually related to the design (e.g. “so awesome” can be commented on every design.)
Afterwards I created a series of posters to raise awareness.
So to answer: ‘how do we fix this?’. Simple. Just go out there and take a good look at each others work. Work on Dribbble, Behance or whatever has been created with care and love by the creator. Take some time to write valuable feedback. If you have some tips for improvement, because let’s face it, all designers are eager to get better, don’t hold back.