Welcome to Feedback Week here at Project Educate!
Welcome to Feedback Week! This week is being brought to you by a team of very devious deviants over at FeedbackFrenzy.
In January of this year, the marvelous BeccaJS led a Critique Week in which we learned about many of the critique groups here on deviantART and also the essentials of giving and receiving critique for various media. In case you missed it, here are a few of the fantastic articles that were shared that week:
- Do you really want critique?
- The basics of giving critique
- Finding critique on dA
- The community and critique
So, for our week, we wanted to take Critique Week a step further and put the skills we learned to use! We have developed some activities that we hope you will find enjoyable as well as useful for your own work.
Without further ado, we would like to introduce you to . . .
Feedback Frenzy (housed at FeedbackFrenzy) is a week-long challenge designed to help deviants like you and me get better feedback on our artwork! For the past two weeks, deviants have been registering as entrants for this exciting competition, and we can't wait to watch them do their thing!
"Feedback Frenzy" is a week-long game designed to encourage deviants to (1) step outside their comfort zone and practice giving feedback to others, even if not in their own media; (2) meet new deviants from across dA, and (3) receive as much high-quality, useful feedback on their work as possible.
July 2nd to July 8th (one full week)
How does it work?
Entrants have signed up to critique and include art they want critiqued. (Sign-up is now closed.) We have more than 140 members participating!
Contestants have been split in teams of four based on medium (such that there is a variety of media represented in each group). You will be responsible for communicating with your group members about who will critique which deviations.
You'll have one week to write your best comments or critiques for as many of the pieces as you can. You don't need to be a premium member to participate!
In the interim, people will be giving YOU feedback on your work!!!
FeedbackFrenzy staff will rate the critiques for quality according to a grading rubric (see below).
Since quality matters, one fantastic critique is worth more than 10 poor critiques!
The team with the highest total number of points wins!
So give us the best you've got - make your comments useful, accurate, applicable, informative, and friendly (but honest). Pull together resources and provide direction for the artist. Remember, you'll be receiving comments through this contest as well as giving them, so write the kind of critique that you'd really love to get in return!
The rules for Feedback Frenzy are fairly straightforward:
You can only comment / critique on deviations from the FF July2-8 2012 favorites folder at FeedbackFrenzy. We encourage you to start by critiquing your group members!
Comments are fine; you do not have to be a premium member to participate.
Get together with your group right away to decide who will critique which deviations. Work as a team, and you'll make more progress more quickly.
Note: More than one person per team can critique a given deviation. However, we recommend that you start with one critique of each deviation per TEAM and then add more if time allows. The same PERSON cannot critique the same deviation twice.
We suggest that you not look at the other critiques before writing your own. Blatant copying will get you disqualified.
At the end of the competition, each team should send ONE note to the group (FeedbackFrenzy) with links to ALL critiques from all 4 members (separated by member). We must receive this note by July 9th at 11:59 PM Pacific US time.
No critiques will be accepted that were written prior to 6 AM Pacific US time on July 2nd or after 11:59 PM Pacific US time on July 8th.
When we score your critiques, you can earn up to 60 points. Your critique will be rated 0 to 5 on 10 items:
- Greeting (We want the artist to know that your comments are for our competition, so don't forget to mention FeedbackFrenzy!)
- Description of what the deviant did correctly in the deviation
- Description of what needs improvement in the deviation
- Description of HOW to make the needed improvements (to the best of your ability)
- Statement of the overall impact / your overall impression
- Encouragement for the deviant
- Overall tone of critique
- Usefulness of critique to the deviant (can he/she apply what you have told him?)
- Relevance of critique to the deviation (Were you on-point?)
- "Wow" factor (Does it have that extra flair, that extra special "something" that you can't quite define? Does it stand out from the others in the category?)
Each member of the winning team will receive a One Year Premium Membership! (from Moonbeam13 and Community Relations) as well as these donated prizes!
10 Constructive Comments/Critiques!
12 Journal Features!
4 Group Features!
510 (to be divided among team members)
The second place team will win a deviantWEAR T-Shirt for each group member (from Moonbeam13 and Community Relations) in addition to these donated prizes!
8 Constructive Comments/Critiques!
13 Journal Features!
2 Group Features!
200 (to be divided among team members)
AND!!!! There will be a few bonus prizes awarded for stuff we aren't going to reveal yet!!!
The game is ON!
Are you ready? Then let Feedback Frenzy begin!
Wait!! What do I do now??
Here's the short, short version:
Find out who your teammates are by clicking here. Talk with them and come up with a game plan.
Click here to see the deviations that you can critique at FeedbackFrenzy. Or, even better, click here to see the deviations by medium.
Paying attention to the rules and scoring guidelines above, go do your critiques! Stop at 11:59 PM Pacific US time on July 8th.
IMPORTANT: Keep a running log of links to each deviation you critique.
Before midnight Pacific US time on the 9th of July, send ONE NOTE PER TEAM with all team members' links on it (split by member) to FeedbackFrenzy.
That's it! GO PLAY!!
Note FeedbackFrenzy if you have any problems. Best of luck to each of you!!!