A great design critique will leave you feeling motivated and focused. A less valuable one can leave you feeling frustrated and stuck. There could be many reasons why you aren't finding your design critiques helpful. If you consistently find yourself in this scenario, maybe it's time to rethink how you're presenting your work.
Over at Medium, Jon Moore recently identified "non-rectangular headers" as a tiny trend. A la: it's not crazy popular yet, but just you wait, kiddo. We're talking about headers (or, more generally, any container element) that have a non-rectangular shape. Such as trapezoids, complex geometric shapes, rounded/elliptical, or even butt-cheek shaped.
UX Power Tools is featuring new authors (like me) as a part of their TinyTrends series. Sweet. Now let's see what the next little thing is. Wouldn't it be cool and unique if your design featured text with vines/flowers/leaves wrapping around the letterforms, as if they existed in the same 3D space?
So, you've got an idea, and you want your team's feedback. You definitely don't have time to worry about perfect pixels, organizing a beautiful deck, or spot-on colors. You just need to get the ball rolling.