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 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.


Thank you.

Please feel free to criticize or critique. The choice is yours.