Angel Colberg / Activity
I find so many of these comments ironic. What distinguishes between good work and bad work? Is it purely the visual? The two people in this post that have had the most to say about your "style" completely cop the trends that are going on now. There's very little actual thought to their designs, just minimalism for the sake of minimalism.
Perhaps you're not the best visual designer, but design is only partially about appearances. Even more ironically, this is supposed to be a site where we help each other become better designers, particularly as it relates to the visual front.
That people look at your work and then determine it is so bad they cannot possibly give you critique is their own problem. It blows my mind that this is actually something that is being said -- and being taken seriously -- in this thread.
Likewise, there are people saying you only get what you put in. I've made plenty of critical commentary on this site in hopes that it would have a karmic effect. Guess what? It hasn't. It doesn't work that way.
Others have said this isn't a place for critique in the first place (I disagree) or that you need to say outright you are looking for critique (I highly disagree, but I add it to some of my shots anyway despite not making a damn bit of difference). Every time I post something on Dribbble, the implication is that I am looking for, or at the very least welcome to, advice. Even if this isn't in the Dribbble fineprint; this is the internet. No one needs to be prompted to give their opinion on anything in order to give it.
The lack of criticism is cyclical. I've seen so many "popular" designers and their herd of followers here get incredibly defensive over their mediocre work. This means that people are less likely to want to criticize lest they want to go against the popularity contest that is Dribbble.
Needless to say, the comments in this post have more than illustrated what is wrong with this community and why you aren't getting out of it what you seek. And now I get to hear someone tell me my work is bad and that's why I don't deserve help in the first place. ;)
At the end of the day, your shots show more thought and user-friendly behavior than most of the negative commenters' shots. Good visual design can be copied, but thinking like a good designer cannot. You're on the right side of the fence, and I wish you luck in looking for honest critique to help you hone your visual skills. It's a lot more productive than making childishly snide comments on a post that rings true for more than it doesn't.