At first glance, this set of pencils imprinted with graphic design tricks-of-the-trade seems like a cute gift for a designer. But this product (which really is for sale for $5) is actually a part of recent MFA grad Heather K. Phillips‘ thesis project which took on the notion of the design critique and questioned its value.
In my work, I co-opt the vocabulary of critique, cloaked in niceties and reinforced by repetition, to demonstrate its limitations. Using a hyperbolic approach, I identify and mirror the language back to expose the veneer of objectivity and test the limits of subjectivity. I replay feedback in exaggerated form, to challenge the perception that critique is an infallible process.