When you're working in a team setting, it can be tempting (and very easy) to ask your peers for regular critique as part of your braid pattern. However, this is a slippery slope. On the one hand, you trust your teammates and want their opinions; on the other hand, you can sometimes get a little bit lazy and overlook obvious blunders. It's very important to have your own methods of self-critique to keep the work evolving.
Here's a link to a piece I wrote last year about setting up your own process of self-critique. Even when you're leaning hard on your teammates to help you through a tough project, running down this list can really help you nudge a good design into great territory when you've factored in the feedback from your team.
Glenn Sakamoto, a great designer, added a few questions to the above list that you should also consider: Does it draw me in emotionally? Does it have significant contrast? Does it communicate clearly? Does it transcend fashion, fads, or trends? All good stuff!
Looking forward to seeing you all in class on Thursday!