Working as a web designer is one creative field where there could be a lot of criticisms. And if you're in the web design business then you must be prepared for this.
There are times that critics, not really understanding the flow of your thoughts, will disapprove of your work and will even put you in a situation of self-doubt. If you are not careful and you take these criticisms negatively, then you will only be pressing the self-destruct button. However, if you’d learn to take the criticisms with a positive stride, it could lead you up the ladder of excellence.
As a web designer, you need to understand that some criticisms are simply a pointer to some deficiencies in your design. With this understanding you should seek ways of turning what these critics intended for evil into something great for your business. Instead of being agitated you should rather remain calm and hold your composure.
In this article I want to give you some tips on how you can turn any negative criticism into good returns for your website design business.
1. Do Not Be On The Defensive
In the face of criticism, many web designers make the mistake of jumping on the defensive. Taking the criticisms personally they are quick in lashing back with double venom. But this is not the way to go. Rational judgment is necessary in situations like this. If you want to prove a point to your critics then try to be assertive rather than aggressive. If you are confident about your design then there is no need to get involved in needless arguments. Proving your point with rational reasoning will make the critic to understand your point of view and you would have won a new follower or client! So learn to speak to your critics in a calm and confident manner.
2. Be Positive
You must understand that web designing is a relative concept. In this work, there is no ‘right or ‘wrong'. Two people will never have the same perspective when looking at a design. There is no way that their opinions will ever tally. So you must realize that it is impossible to make everyone happy. There is no point in trying to achieve that objective. Of course, there will be those who will disagree with what you’re doing but that shouldn’t be a reason to look down upon your work. Let the critics found the faults but for you, while you turn them into ingredients for better designs. So stay positive!
3. Handle Client's Criticism With Tact
If the criticism is coming from a client then you must be very deftly in handling the criticism. You must understand that a wrong move can spell doom for your project. Be open to your client’s feedback and try to understand what he/she really wants. If the client is very harsh, do not make the mistake of keeping mum; ask the client to explain the requirements in detail so that you can make the necessary corrections in the design that you have conceived.
4. Look At Suggestions
As mentioned earlier, every criticism could be great suggestions to improve the design. It doesn’t matter from whom it is coming from. It may be from an amateur web designer or even a layman. There are many pros and cons of a criticism of a web design and if the pros are more than the cons then it would be a good idea to implement the suggestions. If someone has rightly pointed out some flaws in your design, then accept it and make the necessary corrections.
5. Separate Useful Information
As a web designer you will get hundreds of comments on your blog and website and it is your duty to bring out the useful information from all these. You can actually get ideas on how to make your website far better than the present form. Just scan through the different comments and look for suggestions that might have come from experienced web designers. You can even thank a critic for any suggestion that have helped you in designing a website.
Succeeding as a web designer comes with many challenges. Trying to satisfy clients with different backgrounds and understanding is one of these challenges. You simply need to be creative not only with your designs but in handling criticisms and differences in opinions as you deal with your clients. No matter where the criticism may come from, with tact and goodwill you can turn it into something more beneficial for your web design business.
So what do you think? Do you have some further suggestions a designer can handle negative criticisms? Let's hear in the comments below.