There is a difference between the art created for the purpose of catharsis and that created to inspire others. In both cases, the artists use art as an expression, but in the second case mere expression is not enough. To inspire others you need to express yourself in a language that they understand. You have to make sure that the message you are trying to give isn’t lost in interpretation. How do you do that? Through feedback.

Socrates once said, “Intelligent individuals learn from everything and everyone; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers.” This quote can be applied to all the creative endeavors that are taken up to inspire others. When creating art for such a purpose, you cannot solely rely on just your intuition like the “stupid” individuals, neither is it a great idea to take the trial and error approach like the “average” people. The intelligent thing to do is to collect feedback, not after you are done making something but as you go through the process of making something. Each step of the way is important.

Now you might be wondering: “But won’t that interfere with the creative process? Won’t it curb the expression of creatives?” The answer is no. No, it won’t. The only thing it will do is refine the creative process. It will give creatives the tools to express whatever they originally intended to express in a language that others can understand too. If creatives don’t care about getting their message across or being understood, it is another story. However, if they wish to be understood and care to get their messages across, they will need to express the truth of their soul in a way that their intended audience can read it. And what can help creatives find that way is feedback. Constant feedback that they can use as a guide as they go through the creative process.

How To Receive Feedback During The Creative Process?

Hmm. We see you beginning to see the value of feedback and why it is necessary but more questions are brewing in your mind. You know it is easy to get feedback once you are done with your work. If you are a painter, you can get feedback from people when you display your work in an exhibition but that is not what we talked about here. We talked about getting feedback while going through the creative process. We talked about getting feedback every step of the way. Ah! You have more questions now.  Who has got time for that? Are feedback forms enough? Who can be there for you every step of the way? It will be great for sure, but is it practical? Where will you get access to such kind of constant guidance and support?

Devising solutions is easy, the real task is to make those solutions accessible. We at Greyt.me have done just that. We have created a platform where any type of creatives can upload their work and receive feedback. To ensure that no creatives are left behind we support different kinds of file formats including audio, video, photos, pdf, and entire web pages. If you need any web help or you need the help of an app in creating what you desire, we have got you covered. We have plenty of options to offer without any additional installation. It does not matter whether you are a graphic designer or a writer, our platform serves all kinds of creative creators.

Rethinking Feedback On Art From Scratch

The process is simple. You can invite anyone to review your work by simply sending them a link or pasting the link on any online platform. To keep the process even simpler we have not made registration a condition for leaving reviews. To make the feedback process effective and free of biases, we have created a system that enables you to see the review before seeing who the reviewer is.

The purpose of feedback on art is to make sure that creatives succeed in putting their messages across to the intended audience. This purpose cannot be achieved if the feedback itself is unclear or is not communicated adequately. In order to facilitate proper expression of opinion, we have enabled both text and voice comments on our platform.

Moreover, the feedback is organized in a way that enables the reviewer to know exactly what to talk about and enables the creative to comprehend it easily. When the reviewer gives the feedback in terms of strengths, weaknesses, and the next actionable steps, the creative has something concrete to work with rather than just a jumble of fancy words that give no direction. 

Insightful Feedback As An Art In Its Own Right

The act of giving feedback in itself is an art. For our registered users we have a free interactive tutorial to guide them on how to give constructive feedback in a manner that is easy for the creative to comprehend. Just as feedback can be very useful when given in the right manner, it can be very destructive if it is not given with the right intent or is not communicated in the right way. At Greyt.me we understand this and have therefore taken every step to facilitate constructive feedback.

If you are an aspiring creative with big dreams and you feel like the reviews of the people you know or the random people on the internet are not enough, we can help you connect with some exceptional mentors as well!

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”

Edward de Bono

Without creativity, we would forever be repeating the same patterns and, without feedback, the creatives would forever be repeating the same mistakes and be unable to reach the full potential of their creativity. In order to make the best of the gift of creativity, feedback is essential. A feedback tool like we have created at Greyt.me is what creatives need to fulfill their dream of inspiring the world through their work and making a real difference.

Posted by:Gonzalo Olaberria

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