Criticisms, whether constructive or destructive, motivate someone to work hard on anything that he does. Before, I really get mad every time someone criticizes my assignments (especially in school) or even, my fashion statement. But now, I am more matured. I take good or bad criticisms as a challenge for me to do best in whatever endeavor Iím engaged at. I am aware that other peopleís comments are necessary for us to be aware of our mistakes which we usually overlook or just tend to ignore sometimes because we find our works compelling and attractive.
I agree with what the articleís author has said, you learn to create good designs through the works of others only when you make an effort to actually evaluate the work and state why you think it works or doesn't work. We're all born with the same set of tools. Those tools you develop and 'grow' are the ones that you use for life Ė the effective ones.
Regarding the belief of one designer that "You learn a good design by looking at a bad design", this is true because we get the chance to assess that certain design and create a better design which is totally different from that design. But remember, we all have different tastes and styles. Something that appeals terrible to our eyes might be excellent to otherís perspective.
I also agree with the statement of the other designer that "You learn good design through the works of others" because sometimes, especially when weíre just starting in our chosen profession, we tend to copy other peopleís ideas and concepts in creating our own works of art. This is acceptable but we should limit ourselves to use other designersí designs as references only, not as plagiarized designs-to-be.
Thereís nothing wrong in giving criticisms to others or following what other people says about us. But always remember that it will still depend on us if how are we going to take these criticisms, either we follow or just ignore them. After all, we all have our own prerogatives to do what we want in our lives. We have our own principles and itís up to us if we are going to live with it. I believe that our individuality makes us unique. When it comes to web designing, itís a matter of self expression, simply showing what others donít see in you. Letís just respect others the way we respect ourselves.