Diplomacy and constructive criticism: seeking advice

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    Nov 15, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    I'm not sure what category this really belongs in. I do some volunteering and one of the groups I work was invited to co-sponsor an event with another group for whom I have also done fund-raising in the past.

    The hosting group created a flyer for said event which, to be kind, hurts my eyes. It is a mish-mosh of 1990s-era Word Art and random other graphic elements, with small writing, and the name of my group is not formatted correctly while another group was not named at all.

    I took graphic design classes in grad school and my instinct is to create my own flyer to send to my mailing lists vs. criticizing theirs. I'd still give them top billing, etc., just clean it up a lot. I just do not want to step on toes... given that people are all volunteers I am averse to insulting anybody. I also don't want the flip in that they will glom on to me to do this work for them going forward.

    So just wondering what people think.
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    Nov 15, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    I think this is similar to situations when you're at the gym, minding your own business and going through your workout. And then out of the blue, a yoked out bodybuilder tells you that you're doing it wrong. Some might welcome the constructive criticism, while others will be offended at the unsolicited advice. It's your judgment call. You know these people and their personalities, and how they'd react.

    Personally, I would just leave things be. Unless there were some serious errors or typos, that is. If this is just a "design" issue, then maybe volunteer to make flyer next time around.
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    Nov 15, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    Yea i was thinking it would come across kind of smug and dickish, which is completely not my intention. The difference is that if more people attend the event, we all win,so I just want to represent the project as best as possible. But I'm also not looking to make enemies.