Internet tools are becoming a legitimate option for conducting design discussions in a global market, but architects are uncertain of how these tools may affect the discussions. The desk critique is an important kind of design discussion in both education and professional practice. This research is employing empirical methods to compare desk critiques. The independent variable in the study is the collaboration medium, which may be either a face-to-face environment or the Internet collaboration software. Pairs of student and instructor participate in sessions with each medium, and their interaction is recorded on videotape. The videotape content is transcribed into sequences of coded events to permit quantitative analysis. Although the research is incomplete, the preliminary results suggest that for some participants and under some circumstances the digital desk critiques are superior to the face-to-face desk critiques. The results of the research may lead to improved methods of conducting design discussion using the Internet.