Question: In design school, do you/did you prefer group crits, one-on-one crits, or small group crits? Or, what mix of them?

This is one of an ongoing series of questions about design education I am asking people on Twitter, and I'm compiling the responses here. If you want to add your opinion, please tell me what you think here.

Libby Herskovitz
I have often found that group crits can get away from the subject a lot and, if the student isn't confident in their work, can actually be more detrimental to their projects. I like doing smaller crits with 6-8 people because you can look closer at the projects and the teacher has more control. Also, I like when the teacher discusses the projects with us, not talking at us.

Catherine T. Nguyen
small & 1-on-1. way more focused. large group works only if everyone is good thinker & participant. same opinion for on-the-job crits

David Ramos
I've found that small group crits are exactly like large groups, except 3/4 of the class is sitting on their hands, waiting. Coming from a bg heavy in discussion classes, I think designers need to suck it up and learn to talk in large groups.

Elated Apparel
group crits are the worst I benefit the most from small group crits followed by in class work time with 1 on 1 instruction

i like occasional large group crits w/relevant professionals and more small group crits throughout the semester

Jenny Kutnow
I loathe group crits. Especially when they are long. I prefer small groups, no more than 8 mins per person

Akua Afari
working in class in class time? Something works about having that chat with a tutor to validate your idea, then going home to do it

Nicholas McMillan
I do both in my classes. Group crits give the student an opp to hear what the rest of the class thinks; a broader one-on-one crits gives me the opp to work closely w/ the student to better understand the project, etc. as a student we rarely had an opp to work in class; only one computer lab. As a prof I honestly think the comp is a distraction.

Akua Afari
we had both group + individual tutor. Also had our class view all work, pick & comment at work they liked/worked in part/or whole

Elaine Chin
group crits and 1-on-1 with instructors. There are 10 in my class—so maybe it should be classified as small group crits.

Caroline Powley
things that work for me: put students in small groups +give them roles (eg. time/moderate/neg/pos) +give specific points to discuss. I then circulate between groups +ask them to summarise key points to whole group at the end. regularly mix groups and roles up.

Bin Davis
I have trouble giving useful feedback after five or six crits due to tiredness, so I prefer smaller groups.

Christina Nguyen
#1: splitting into smaller groups; #2: to work on the project exclusively during class is useless, but exercises are helpful during

Alma Hoffmann
when I teach, I find it really hard to do in class work mainly bc mostly they r cking fb or chatting. W meet only once/week.

Karen Kavett
I find small group crits the most helpful (4-6 people). Different viewpoints but not so many people that you get overwhelmed/tired.

Kristy T.
we also had post it note crits too, where we left notes for everyone. we had written crits too both in paper/type form and on our process blogs

Nic Lake
The only crits I've done have been the entire class watching while the prof discusses what he does/does not like on each piece.

Kristin French
I find group crits w/ all the work up at once is great for seeing where ur work stands amongst the rest but 1on1is also valuable

G Guschke
Small grp crits (prof, TA, 2 students) or just prof+TA. Real dialog. More ppl feels like watered-down performance review at a job. ...Plus, we'll spend our careers answering to groups. Crucial to find/listen to internal creative voice most of all during school. ...In my experience, small group is more likely to allow opportunity for accident, error, experimentation, intangibles. Essential. Wish I cld do 1 term w/assignments but no outside crits at all. Delicious risk-taking would happen. Best chance 2 make own mistakes

Matilda SM
small or one-on-one, no-one is honest in a big group setting + it's not fair to criticise someone's work in front of whole class!

one on one crit. I like group crit as well, but that usually ends with 'yeah, I agree with what was just said' or awkward silences.

Akua Afari
group crit, daunting as it was: good for gaining opinions on your outcome. One-on-one w/ tutors? — Good re. improvements to note

Cait Donahue
I liked small group crits and one-on-one crits.

Sara Utz
Small group. Large group easily loses focus. One-on-one tends to become the opinion of just one person.

namdev hardisty
A miix of small group & 1-on-1. LG seem wasted, no matter the make-up the talkers/non-talkers ration seems to stay the same. I've gotten the best results when I have students write on people's laser prints. More detailed, thoughtful & truthful. Also I rarely let people start by talking about what they did. Raw, gut instinct feedback first then "What are you trying to say?"

Jennifer Mead
One on one if it is someone who's opinion you respect. Also small groups of 3 or 4 because you can get a good dialog going.
for large groups to keep it moving i had a prof who asked for two positives and one critique for each project.

love small group crits, and once in a while one-on-one with the professor

Alma Hoffmann
It had more 2 do w/the stage I was in. Early stages, the more the merrier, but once I was trying 2 focus, 1 on 1. Then big again.

Chris Valleskey
All we ever do is group critiques. I hate them.

Pander Chan
Group crits are great and you can learn so much from them, but there's a point your design needs 1on1 crits

Sil ?+Z
It's always enriching to share ideas with mates, but in stressful periods is better one-on-one projects.

- preferred small groups re: design critique

Ashley Henninger
I prefer one on one crits with my prof when I need brutal honesty, but group crits are nice when I don't ;)

Kristy T.
totally depends on who is in the general i guess a group of 2-3. my trust of groups is directly correlated to the level of "know-what-the-fuck-im-talking-about"ness of the group. in school i found the level of that to be low so i tended to prefer one on one or professor feedback

Anna Schmunk
I think its helpful for freshman-juniors to have group critiques, because it gets everyone talking.

Claire Kearns
One on one tends to be good for specific help, or small groups for just showing stuff as people will offer changes/help more

Anna Schmunk
I preferred to talk to the group until senior year, when I decided it would be most beneficial to not be swayed by a group.

Claire Kearns
Small group ones and one on one. I find in large groups people don't speak up and so you get no feedback. Plus everyone gets bored