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Making comments: how to critique

Adding a Constructive Comment

  1. Make sure you are logged into OpenLab and click on the link found below or above a post. Sometimes it’s called “Comment”, “Reply”, or similar. For more information, visit OpenLab Help> Commenting on a Site
  2. Your comment should be constructive and very clear.


  1. When you critique another designer’s work, your job is to understand the designer’s goals and help them to achieve them.
  2. Read and reread the assigned project guidelines before commenting.
  3. Start by telling the designer what you think the work is communicating and what the work should be communicating, based on the project guidelines.
  4. Using the course vocabulary, explain what is successful (positive feedback) and what is unsuccessful (constructive feedback) about the work presented.
  5. Comments such as “I like it.” or “Needs improvement” are not helpful unless they are expanded to clarify WHY you like it or WHAT needs improvement.

Approving Comments

  1. When someone comments on your post, you will need to approve it before it is visible to others.
  2. OpenLab will notify you via email when someone comments on your post. You can simply click on the link to approve the comment in your Dashboard.