I am designing an app background for learners of the English language. Normally, I design icons, but I decided to try putting together an app, iphone, android, ect, ect, where the learner is presented with a set of icons each icon representing an idea or object. I attached a draft of the background here and I would like suggestions on what I can do to make this background more professional and stand out. What can I do to improve it? US flag with square place markers for the icons and text, 8 total

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    Welcome to Graphic Design SE. Please take a look at our requirements for critique questions and edit your question accordingly, lest it be closed. – Wrzlprmft Aug 6 '16 at 8:02
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    Two point immediately come to mind. I'd go for a background that stands out a bit less, not (even) more. Also, most references to English-the-language makes use of the Britsh flag 🇬🇧 and not the American. See just about any website which offers multiple languages. – Jongware Aug 6 '16 at 9:08

In my opinion get rid of the flag. The British flag may be better but it can create confusion as some words are spelled differently in American English. I'd say a solid fill perhaps a dark blue similar to the American and British flag blues. Perhaps if you're an illustrator you can create a minimalist illustration of a classroom in the background but fade it so it's not distracting.

  • So, based on the answers I've gotten here, I'll do this: As per user5854648, I will create a background of a classroom with both the British and US flags to represent both of the English languages. I greatly appreciate the answers! – Daniel Baker Aug 7 '16 at 13:31
  • @DanielBaker Ah, Yes, by all means ignore the advice you sought here and got. Insofar as a background goes, less is more. Backgrounds are called such because they recede into the background. Go figure. ; ) – Stan Jan 4 '17 at 4:05

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