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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Knowing if you enjoy 3D art is something you'll just have to see for yourself. If you still like learning about it and doing it a year or two down the line, it's likely you'll keep doing it for a while. When your getting started, I would not recommend going out and buying a ton of expensive software and training material. You can learn the majority of 3D ...


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I agree with a lot of the comments. I like the art style I don't think you should change it - I think that the perspective needs to be adjusted like below. The white line is optional - I guess it depends on how your design finishes up. I prefer subtle so if you don't need it to accent the crate I'd leave it out. I also think that the letters should be ...


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Photoshop can not create true vector images. This is a very common misconception. Regardless of how you create a file and save it, Photoshop always saves both vector and raster information. You can't create vector files with Photoshop. You can only create raster files with vector containers/edges. This means you may have a vector square and its edges will ...


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A few thoughts: It took me a while to notice the B C letters in the logo. The straight lines should follow the perspective of the crate. Crate-ness could be improved. I sketched a little something below, take from it what you will: Characters is 8-bit-ish. Crate is 2 tone. Still has a 'bite' metaphor, but more legible letters. Perspective is ...


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This character could be done in any 3D package such as: Autodesk's Maya - Some consider this as the standard for any 3D character modeling and character animation. 3dS Max - Also produced by Autodesk but is considered the standard for architectural models. Blender - Arguable one of the best opensource solutions for 3D modeling and one of the best character ...


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Does this logo effectively portray the product? Playing devil's advocate: Does it matter? I'd say, no. Logos do not have to portray the product in any literal sense--or quite often, any figurative sense. Take the Nike Swoosh. Or IBM initials. Apple Computer. Point being, don't dwell too much on literal representation. Make sure the logo is ...


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I sketch a great deal... Prefer Adobe Ideas, Sketchbook Pro, Layers apps, and Pencil for that. I explore web site wireframes..... iMockups app. I'll, on occasion, do a little coding (nothing complex though) ... Codea app. I write notes... Draftpad app. I explore color... MyPantone app. I accept credit card payments.. Square Register app. I track my ...


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When you do photography you often reflect a Softbox (a square diffuser that makes the light more even) or an umbrella (also diffusing the light but gives a round reflection). When taking pictures of shiny objects these are often placed so they reflect in the object, together with white and black sheets of papers around setup to give a good 3D feel ...


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This isn't a UX question, but assuming it's going to be moved to Graphic Design, I'll answer it so that my answer is moved with it. You can accomplish this in Photoshop CS4 (not sure about others), by selecting your layer, then going to edit > transform > perspective, and moving the boxes around until you get what you want. You can see in the bottom right ...


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You're making some very broad generalizations. I'll make one too: There aren't any codified rules when it comes to logo design. That said, I always like to quote the godfather of logo design, Paul Rand: Here’s what a logo is and does: A logo is a flag, a signature, an escutcheon. A logo doesn’t sell (directly), it identifies. A logo is ...


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Blue is a really diverse color. I suppose they all are, but 'blue' can mean anything from cyan all the way to indigo. There's a lot in between. Ideally, it's good to pick colors for a reason; @Bakabaka's link in his comment gives some insight into color theory and the psychology of color. If your client has a logo or brand, it'd be really smart to pick ...



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