Critique and Criticism

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 critique and 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 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 the world is a little better off than it was before. The title of the rhyme is “Criticism”.