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    Desk Crit Notes

    Kimberly V.K.H. Nguyen
    Apr 12, '13 2:55 AM EST

    Studio desk crits are times when some of the most exciting, mind-blowing conversations take place.  Our professor sits with each of us individually to discuss our project, probes our thesis with difficult questions, and helps us push forward to make more potent design arguments  (this happens every MWF, when there is no pinup or presentation).  

    The only thing I regret is that I never recorded any of these incredible conversations.  My classmates share the same sentiment. 

    Our professor drew these notes during a recent desk crit.  I believe this was a prescription of what to do next.  But without an audio recording, it's hard to remember what actually happened, what this means, and whether this should be read in plan, section, or axo.  



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    • Oakhay

      I know, right!? I always felt like that when I was in school too. But what I started doing was taking notes like I was in a lecture during desk crits. It means the conversation is a little stilted with pauses, during which I would write and my professor would sip their coffee or tea. But at least later you'll remember more. I would go back to those notes, which I usually took in list format or on the actual sketch the professor drew, and read through them deciding what I would take and what I would leave for my project.

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