Design critiques are great ways to get feedback on your design, understand how your peers would love the same problem, and help build alignment around product styles and patterns. But there’s one thing I always have thought could be improved about design critiques.
The vocabulary used in giving design feedback is often spares, filled with words that usually don’t align with the aspirations of the designer. If I were to put the vocabulary of most design critiques in a word cloud, it would look something like the above diagram.
I set out to improve my teams design vocabulary by asking my design team what adjectives define their aspirations for their work.
The result was a comprehensive list of more than 70 design adjectives that designers would like to hear as descriptors for their work.
I build an iPhone app that would cycle through these words, so that designers, PMs, developers, and managers can all reference common UX words before providing feedback.
This videos show the working UX words application on the iOS simulator. You can see the swipe through introduction on how to use the application, as well the cycling through of the UX words themselves.
The UX Words app has been submitted to the app store and is currently waiting approval.