Man, talk about a rough afternoon. My designs for this companie's decals were pretty much ripped to shreds. He though about 50% of the content was bad. Mostly my lettering. We ended up even doing overtime working on them and making them better.
I haven't been critiqued that rough since college. It was actually not too bad. Sure I was annoyed, but it was really worth the feedback and all the tips and pointers my boss gave me. He showed me where I went wrong and how to fix it. He explained why it needed to be a certain way, and that in another circumstance, I might have otherwise made a right choice. In the end he made me print both my old design and the new one and made me look at them and compare them.
And he we right. the fixes look a shitload better. they are more legible, they stand out and they are much more interesting.
So let it be an example to a couple users out there. Just because someone is rough with you and almost everything you do gets called shit, don't take it personally. Listen to the person and try and really understand why they are saying what they are. Do your best to use the advice they give and learn from your mistakes. Look at the links people give you, look at the paint overs and corrections people draw on your piece and finally embrace an open mind required for self improvement.