I believe that critique does not have to embody a full on indictment of the design industry. There can be a more positive and progressive middle ground, which allows fair judgment and independent thinking. Design schools can exist here. These are the places where students and faculty members can develop their judgment of aesthetics and concepts. Academic contexts can contribute to a burgeoning design critique, a forum to vividly debate as well as share doubts and praise. Through the years, inventing and running workshops in the most diverse contexts and with great variety of participants have enriched my teaching experience. I had the chance of leading design workshops with local people in Burkina Faso as well as with art students in Amsterdam, with Korean professionals in Milan, graduates from many different disciplines in Naples and design students in Milan. Each time with different aims and facing different challenges, the workshops succeeded in engaging with the participants and generate valuable experiences and outcomes.