How should we ask for feedback?


#1

I’ve noticed a number of topics recently where people have asked for very broad feedback.

e.g.

I’ve just built a new website and I’d like your feedback

or

Please give me some feedback on my new app

I’d like to encourage people to be a bit more specific when asking for feedback, partly because it demonstrates that they are actively participating in the process and partly because it can be a bit daunting to give feedback without direction.

So… I wonder if it might make sense to create a guideline topic which helps people ask proactively for feedback. Does anyone have thoughts or ideas on this?


#2

I think it’s a great idea to have some guidelines on requesting feedback.
Ideally, these guidelines are aimed at helping community members asking for feedback in order to improve their performance or understanding of something, not just looking for rewards or praise.
Furthermore, It hope it encourages input seeking at all stages of a project (e.g., problem statements, solution ideas, prototype, methods) to provide the community with a broader understanding of the different choices, methods applied and expected outcomes for each step. This is something I wished happened more often, I love seeing how other designers approach problem solving at the more abstract stages.


#3

Thanks Ghislaine.

Yes! So much this. I agree with you. Seeing the whole process (for anything) is a great learning opportunity.

You have a beautiful name BTW. Where are you from?


#4

Yes, some guidelines would be great! Maybe a pinned topic so people see it? To Ghislaine’s point, it would be helpful when people request feedback if they want to know different options to do something or “just give me an answer” type of feedback.

If you want help creating the guidelines, I would be happy to help. :grinning:


#5

The biggest problem I see with these requests is that they are often so all-encompassing. I usually don’t have the time to go in and do a full portfolio review for someone, which puts me off even looking at these topics. I wonder if others feel the same way?

In any event, I’d like to see some limit to scope in these requests.


#6

I believe they do and that’s literally my reason for creating this topic!

I would love that thanks.


#7

Thanks, Sarah. And yes, learning in the context of a process is so valuable. As design systems adoption grows, I think we’ll have a more significant emphasis on the conceptual stages of design.

Also, my name is French :slight_smile: