On Accepting Feedback

As designers, we are often put in situations that require us to ask peers and clients and mentors for feedback. Sometimes it’s because we don’t trust ourselves, other times it’s because we genuinely have a creative dilemma.

Most people will gladly give you feedback or advice or suggestions because it’s easy. They don’t have to deal with the repercussions of that feedback not delivering what it promised.

Like it or not, it’s tough to not get feedback, especially the one that doesn’t count. Very few people will put thought, consideration and understanding in what they might want to tell you.

It’s important to remember, even in times when you don’t know what to do and feel like you genuinely have to ask for guidance that it’s not your job to accept the feedback that is given to you, just as it’s not your job to take into consideration every advice or suggestion.

You already have a job- and that is to solve the problem that you had been entrusted to solve to the best of your abilities. It is up to you to tweak (and judge) the levels of the external white noise.

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