Design, like anything else that is worth pursuing under the sun, is by and large, a collaborative undertaking and an adventurous activity. Collaboration and exploration brings people together, and sometimes, despite the best of intentions, things get testy, especially when it’s time to test ideas and challenge closely held beliefs. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, the fine line between a healthy critique and blatant criticism fades away, and things get, well, “interesting”. Here, in a few lines that rhyme, I have tried to capture my observations of how people either use that moment to their advantage or react to it in different ways. If there is anything good that comes out of it, it is that after all is said and done, eventually through the magic of iteration, something useful gets designed, and hopefully, the world is a little better off than it was before. So, without further due, here it is. The title of my rhyme is “Criticism”.
For some it is, a way of life
they dish it out, day and night
For some it is, a waste of time
they hold it back, and do not chime
Some use it, with great insight
Some use it, to prove they are right
Some use it, to stay in the fight
Some use it, just to incite
Some take it, with a grain of salt
Some take it, as a personal assault
Some give it back, with all their might
Some ignore it, and do not ignite
Some think it's a, blatant charade
Some think it's a, rhetoric tirade
Some don’t think, much of it
They do their work, and don’t give a s_ _t.
Please feel free to criticize or critique. The choice is yours.