Design Critique: How we discuss design with critique at XING

DAY 1 | 10:30-11:00

Establishing a regular Design Critique is one cornerstone in the „UX Playbook“ at Xing. Over the last year, Jan has created a company-wide format, where they discuss design in a professional setting with the constant will to be excellent.

In his presentation, Jan presents the methodology of design critique and the goal-oriented discussion in the entire design process: How can designers avoid feeling quickly emotionally attacked? Why do we need design critique for this? When is feedback necessary and helpful – and how do you establish an effective design discussion culture in teams and companies? Jan will also share his learnings on how to adapt this methodology to the corona crisis.


Jan Kiekeben

Senior Product Designer at XING.

Since 2017, the computer scientist has been with Zalando, Germany’s largest online retailer. There, Jan brings his extensive and long-standing experience in managing agile teams in a rapidly growing environment. Before Zalando, he was jointly responsible at idealo for reorganizing the entire product development.

Thomas Riedel

Editor at Digitale Leute & Moderator.

Thomas is an online editor of Digitale Leute and has been working as a journalist since 2005. Already during traineeship at a regional family magazine, he blogged about the tech scene and set up the online calendar Nerdhub, which aggregates dates throughout Germany. He made a name for himself as an observer of the regional tech scene in NRW.