Feedback is essential to design. It's the water and sunlight that ensures our design grow into strong, vibrant evergreens in the forest of the web. But what we need is quality feedback if the seeds of our ideas are to ever blossom.
It needs to be continuous and effective if we're to get better at our work. But it takes work and practice. We need to get good feedback and we need to receive it as well. Feedback can be intensely personal and potentially a powder keg. Done right, it can do wonders. Done wrong, and it can blow up in our faces. What's needed is a community, where transparency is valued and helpful honesty is appreciated.
Forrst is that community. It's a place where designers, engineers and developers can share their work and get the feedback they need. They can learn from each other what it means to give feedback and give it effectively. All with the goal of getting better at their craft.
A Path Through the Forrst
Kyle Bragger planted the first tree for Forrst in 2009. The community has some 50,000 members. Admittedly, however, the community has seen its ups and downs. However, as part of ZURB since 2013, we're steadfast in our commitment to the community, ensuring that it is as strong as a redwood tree. Our goals are:
- To listen, participate and foster a healthy design community
- To build the design community's involvement on Forrst
- To position the community around quality and actionable design feedback
We want to help guide your path through the Forrst (pun fully intended) of feedback. Together we can achieve great things and build a community that can't be easily chopped down.
ZURB is a product design company based in Campbell, Ca. They've helped more than 200 startups design great products faster. With 15 years experience, a suite of products and a top 20 open source project, Foundation, they firmly believe in helping others design better through education. They also have resources to help improve design literacy, such as their Blog and Soapbox speaker series.