Critique is often confused with being negative and critical. However, the basis of critique is communication. Having strongly grounded communication is necessary for any relationship in life, work related or not.
Adam Connor and Aaron Irizarry believe that critique is not just a design-centered skill that exists to make sure you’re doing things “right”. Instead, they see it as a living and breathing process of analysis and adjustment. Simply saying, “I don’t like blue” is not a helpful way to critique a design. Instead, they suggest framing it for better understanding of what objectives were trying to be met and what problems they were approaching in order to better iterate on the design.