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I think this is a physical design / interaction design problem, not a graphic design problem. If a door has a handle on it, I think a lot of people are naturally going to try and pull on the handle. Therefore, push side should not have a handle, and the pull side should have one. Push side could have a palm print graphic if necessary to show where to ...


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It's interesting, but (I assume) It's really the three dots that is the tie into 'TRItium'. As such, I'd consider dumping both the circle and the hexagon. They seem superfluous to the concept. They are nice, but (and this is just my opinion) in the world of software, those tend to give off a bit of a video game vibe--which may or may not be your objective. ...


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Well, the thing is you don't need a whole lot of things in the world. Some food, water, shelter, and that's about it. So you definitely don't need maths, it goes into the same category as you don't need a car either. (In fact, contrary to what others have you believe you don't need money, you can live off the state's generosity in almost every prison known ...


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Purely off the top of my head....... Simple door icons? Or perhaps doors with arrows?


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Building on David Moore's palm print idea... The best graphics don't require much parsing at all. Icons representing the way the door swings require a translation into the action needed to achieve that effect. So let's show 'em exactly what we want them to do. Push: An open hand. Life-size, probably a bit bigger, placed on the door in the location you ...


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I suggest ditching the hexagon, as it adds no value. If anything, it's confusing. In chemistry, the first thought that comes to mind when I see a hexagon is "benzene ring". That's not what you wanted to draw, right? The alternate version of the hexagon, with oddly aligned edges, is completely disconcerting to me.


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The WiFi part was immediately obvious to me. I think what's hurting the recognizability of the CD is the gradient. If you've looked at other CD renderings, the gradient is angular, not radial. via: http://www.psdgraphics.com/psd-icons/psd-compact-disc-cd-icon/ Here's what it might look like with an angle gradient (though I think a couple more color ...


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Disclaimer: I use questions answered by me as an example for the plain reason that I am familiar with them. As I am almost a professional mathematician┬╣, I hope that my perspective adds to the existing answers. I use graphic design mainly for scientific illustrations and for hobby purposes. When graphic designing, there are essentially three ways in which I ...


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Okay others have good points, I would like to add a new one. The logo is size challenged in that the details are a bit too small. This may be a problem if you need to: work in small scales such as 24 x 24 pixel icons (or even smaller) Print a business card sized medium, you would now need the ring to be quite big for the dots to be visible. I think the ...


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Mi opinion: Use the atom as a secondary asset only. Your last sample, the website with the type alone, is great. The colors are interesting, the word and its shape as well. The straight lines work, especially if you try for example with the atom in the background -see image below-. I see it and sort of get more both the speech ('soft') and engine ...


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I'm thinking keep it simple, and concentrate on the typography. Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen with 3 nucleons. So maybe use two of the nucleons for the 'i's' and one 'floater': As Tritium is radioactive it decays, and so does the typography. Loose quick sketch but you get the idea. Logo should work at most sizes, with spacing adjustment ...


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Based on pretty much all the activity and input on this question, and particularly Takkats examples, I think the perfect message consists of three parts, in order of how they'd be noticed: Colours - Fastest Impact. Red for Stop. To pull a door open we must stop and change. Green for Go. To push a door open we keep going with our momentum. Big Graphical ...


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I think adding people to the image helps a lot: Source: pushpullsigns.com


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Good question, for I too have been a lifetime fan of Fireworks (their entire lifetime). Have you heard of Sketch? I can tell you that it's the only thing that comes close. (It's a perfect mashup of Illustrator and Fireworks, but SO MUCH closer to FW). Your transition should be seamless, and you will quickly be in love. Personally, I'll still use FW until ...


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Your monitor (or any monitor) uses pixels to display anything. It's not possible for you to see anything on a screen unless pixels are used to display it. This is where you are seeing the pixels. Until some company somewhere invents a monitor which uses vector data to display content, you will need to become accustomed to pixels in every image. I wouldn't ...


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If you ask someone in the publishing world what they are called they will point you to what's called a "Chapter Ornament" or a "Book Ornament". If you want to get further technical on the design process, book designers will refer to them if they are at the beginning of a chapter as a "Chapter Heading Ornament" or at the end of the chapter as a "End of ...


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I like it! And once I read the post, I completely get the wi-fi + CD. Having said that, I didn't get the CD the first time. About the remote not being there, I think the wi-fi symbol is a clear enough message, I wouldn't change this to include a remote (it would deserve a different question too). Something I have (very small) issues with is the gradient ...


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This is called 'speculative work' or 'spec work' as it's commonly used. Spec work is you working for free under the assumption that you MAY get paid for it. This is actually quite common in some industries...film/television, architecture, etc. But it's usually a bad deal. It's common in the graphic design world, but also quite common to outright refuse ...


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TL;DR: Photoshop can not create true vector images. This is a very common misconception. Think of it like a car. -- Can you go 4-wheeling with a Toyota Prius? Sure you can! Is it going to do all the things a Jeep Wrangler can do? Heck no. There's a reason you need to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle to go 4-wheeling, just as there's a reason you need to use a ...


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Graphing applications that do vector output are available. Ive used following applications quite successfully: Mathematica <- my preference it can do images like above Matlab (remember to export eps) Python using matplotlib Maple PSTricks Illustrator Xara Inkscape Autocad Tough you may need to use 3d apps or graph apps as well I suggest: yEd, ...


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Simple answer...no. While they share similar overall form, they are clearly different both in concept and execution. Unfortunately, neither Matt nor myself are correct. It's really an opinion based question. Will the airforce sue you over your logo? Highly unlikely. For starters, I doubt the two companies are competing. I don't see any intentional attempt ...


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The long and short if it is, it's about legal issues. Logos need to often be trademarked or registered. Using free resources often means the designer does not own the rights to the free item. So, rights certainly can't be provided to any client if the designer doesn't already own them. A copyright can not be acquired for something if you don't own the rights ...


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Not sure that the Hexagon in the BG is of much help and it might be just ruining the effort that u have put in. How about removing the BG Hexagon and just the three circles that can now be increased in size and used in the center of the circle. That would look way better. I am just attaching an image that is more close to what I am saying and that way it ...


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This is one thing I never get right when I travel abroad. PUSH or PULL simply look too similar to get the meaning at first glance. After I have to mentally translate it first I only have a 50% chance to get it right by the time I reached the door. Let me make an experiment with a likewise hard example of widely used door signs from Germany (deliberately not ...


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If you want a professional logo, hire a professional designer. Do not use one of the $99 logo web sites. If you want a quality logo, you want to be able to work directly with a designer so that they can get a completely understanding of your business needs and objectives and then walk through the entire process with you. You will not get that from one of ...


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Some initial notes Lets make a google search (images): https://www.google.com.mx/search?q=crystal+logo 1) You can see how difficult is to make an abstraction of a crystal. Verey few logos succed there. 2) "How to make an ilustration" depends on what kind of ilustration do you want. The key word here is "style". Depending on what is this aproach the look ...


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For me when I look at your logo at a glance and from a distance I would say yes. If I look at your logo while driving down a road when its on a sign and not reading what it says it would remind of the air force. Look at them from a distance: Some ideas to improve it: Change the direction Fill instead of outline some areas change from a bird like ...


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Amazing answers. I just wanted to add something that has not been mentioned and is essential for a graphic designer: a practical knowledge of probability theory and statistic tools. Notice I qualify it as a "practical knowledge". By this I mean you need to know how to apply probability and statistical tools, not the heavy theory behind them. Without this ...


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Simply use Live Color, or as it's listed in the application, Recolor Artwork. Select the art Choose Edit > Edit Colors > Recolor Artwork (or click the button on the control bar) Choose 1 under "colors" Double-click the little color box under "New", the color picker will pop up select your grey Click OK If you want all the items to match the same grey, ...


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The icons should be placed at eye-level, not at hand-level. This is usually an issue with glass doors, as people look through the glass door when approaching rather than down at the handle. This is also a problem with bathroom doors with busy/free indicators. They too should be at eye-level rather than below the handle, and they should be large enough to be ...



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