I couldn't agree more. They are humans, and so are we.
I agree completely. Good on you Mark for realising when you yourself get caught up in this too. I too am guilty of doing this, I remember sitting with a few designers the day after iOS7 was announced, completely tearing it apart. What is the point? We hadn't even used it yet! Anyway, I'm glad you brought it up and hopefully we can all just be nicer, and in turn more constructive.
Lesson here is don't be a troll!
Its hard enough for designers to try to justify a design decisions to clients, PMs, Devs and the entire world. So we designers should be in the best place to understand the effort people put through their work.
A good message for us all to stop calling things shit and at least help them by giving constructive criticism. Its nice to be given a pat in the back for your work.
Thanks for the comments guys :)
I've seen this topic pop up more and more lately (notably in the video game industry, see: Phil Fish) and I couldn't agree more. It's so easy to just fire off a quick response to get some "lol's" from people you've never met but not enough thought is put into the actual feelings of the person on the receiving end. I'm glad more attention is being brought to this.
I agree, this is something I have to constantly remind myself. It's all to easy to quickly shout into the crowd on Twitter without stopping for a second to consider the implications. We of all people should know better that you can't just look at a design on the surface and judge it immediately. There are all kinds of unseen forces in play.
Fantastic words. Couldn't agree more.
My favourite parts were "I’m not talking about the instant crowd pleasing shit posted to dribbble..." & "Only time will decide if the design worked".
Yeah, the reactions shouldn't be this harsh. But the critique is meant for the business.
I'm pretty sure that most designers that get to work for big companies know what they're doing. The problem is that some bozo(credit to Guy Kawasaki) in a high position has no taste. And that gives birth to a design disaster.
Yahoo is getting so much hate because the new logo is terrible, not because it’s new and radical.
I agree we should be nicer in general.
"I agree we should be nicer in general"
Take away point from this thread.
agreed. but i think the outrage is justified with the yahoo logo, where designers were left out of the design process in favor of a ceo who "knows enough to be dangerous :)"