Questions tagged [critique]

Questions that ask for ideas to improve an existing design. Critique is commonly understood as fault finding and negative judgement, but it can also involve merit recognition, and in the philosophical tradition it also means a methodical practice of doubt. Please see our critique guidelines before posting.

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New “professional” branding perceived as “dull”

I manage an open-source project (Rubberduck, an add-in for the VBA editor), and up until the latest release this was the splash form: Since 2015 the branding more or less revolved around swirling VBA ...
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Critique: Tritium software logo design

I am looking for a review for a logo that is going to be shipped with a project of mine. I wanted to keep it simple and clean, with a high level of appeal so that no one will really dislike the ...
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Why do these angles look weird in my logo?

The angles on top of the roof are looking weird. It should portray an abstract house. Can anyone tell me how I can fix this problem? It should be geometrically correct. Click for full resolution
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Logo design - Finding a good mix between the metaphor and legibility

I'm currently designing a logo for a friend's new business. I'm much more of a UI/UX designer than a logo designer (also a very bad drawer!), so I'm struggling. The company name is 'Corellia', it's a ...
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How can I make this logo look more obviously like an icing bag and a crown?

For my brand identity class, I had to do a logo for a local bakery. The first one is what I started with. The bottom is where I am now The problem I'm having: I need to show lines or shapes ...
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What makes this POS design look dated?

I'm trying to understand what makes this Point-of-Sale (POS) screen design look dated. Is it the 3D buttons, the colours, the layout, the font? And what would you do to make it look current? Not ...
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How would I know how good of a designer I am?

To me my designs looks good, at least for some months. But to others not so much. I want to go freelancing but I don't want to be a bad designer. So how do I find out if my logo/website/business card/...
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Where can I go to recieve feedback on web design projects?

Are there are any web design forums where designers can submit their work to receive feedback and advice? I am looking for a place that I can seek advice on how to improve my designs.
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Critique - Logo design for a beer brewery

I have made a logo design for a beer brewing company, Ræit Background for the name The name is based on the background of my surname, Reiten, and stems from the Norwegian word "Reit", ...
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How would you rate this logo-concept for a fiber optic Internet company and how can I improve it?

Above is the concept behind the logo. And below is the description of what company does. Plus in the description I am keeping the icon left align to enforce movement towards the right a bit more. ...
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How to draw a hierarchy button set and look less offensive than it is?

I'm trying to create a button set that can be used to move through hierarchical data and it's looking like a swastika. I'm not sure how to correct it. In the image above if "Panel" was selected and ...
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How can I improve card design?

I'm a Biology teacher also interested in making things look good. I am making a lecture on zoology and decided to set up the key information in cards - so students may take a screenshot and use them ...
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Critique: Does this logo portray a web-based control for a media player?

I've been working on an application that works as a remote control for a media player, over the web. The remote itself is an application that runs in your web browser, on your phone or on your tablet ...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

I'm trying to make some short animated gifs about Illustrator, with little step-by-step drawings exercises. I could put some explanatory text in some frames but I would prefer not to do that. Maybe ...
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Kerning feedback on logo

I'm kerning this simple 'logo' for an online magazine/blog and since I'm not completely sure if I've 'got it' I would appreciate some help from any kern masters here. I've zoomed out and flipped it ...
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How to make this hand-colored drawing even more fancier?

I wanted my son to color some brain template. I will put this into front of my thesis (on visualization of diffusion MRI tractrography data of the human brain), as book cover. How can I put this in ...
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Are there any sites which provide feedback for logo designs?

I know Behance, Dribbble etc allow designers to have feedback of their work too but their focus is mainly showcasing the work of designers. There are sites that provide feedback of your website ...
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How to fit a vertical headshot into a horizontal frame

I am frequently asked to make vertical headshots fit into a horizontal size, to display on my company's website. I'm often given low-quality images with sharp cuts to the person's shoulders or ...
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What do users remember the most, position or color of elements?

I have a navigation menu with some buttons, that looks a bit like this (NOTE: Each button has a distinctive icon that differentiate it from the rest, I didn't add them to the mockup but they are ...
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Critique: Any advice on the design of my systems engineering résumé?

So I'm creating a résumé for Engineering/Design/Computer Science internships, so I guess I am allowed to be a bit creative and less conservative here. I was working on this all day today,...
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How to politely accept colleagues' critiques without implementing any/all of it?

When I ask (colleagues or other professionals) for critiques for design works/projects, I'm oftentimes not sure how to respond to it if I can't (honestly) say that I will implement the changes ...
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How can I best provide feedback to my designer

What's kosher when providing feedback to your designer? Are there best practices? If he's making a mockup of an iPhone dashboard should I tell him that I'd prefer the icons be monochromatic, or that ...
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What would be a less distracting background for white?

I was told that the photo on the left is too bright and the white shirt on white background blending in. When I tried to use some kind of neutral color (like grey) as a background I was told that it'...
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Connecting A and T in a custom typographic mark

I don't have a lot of examples of "Look at me, I drew all the letters!" typography. But here is one, and I'm happy with the overall sketch and like everything but the first two letters. I dislike ...
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logo for a web developer - Logo critique

Does this logo convey a strong identity for a web developer/ designer? I'm a web dev currently and am looking into branching out, as a start to this I'm working on a new portfolio site and branding ...
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Logo critique for Hooch & Co

Looking for feedback on logo lockups. Concept: Logo for bar concept in Austin Texas that will appeal to a causal, hipster, young urban crowd. Rooftop patio with yard games such as corn hole, washers, ...
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Critique: Tritium website design

In follow up to this question: Critique: Tritium software logo design. For reviewing the website code (performance, bugs, related user experience), please visit the sister question on Code Review. I ...
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Critique logo for a lyrics website

The logo is for a lyrics website called Bêjebêje (meaning sing sing). The target audience (Kurds) for the logo have a special relationship with the mountains. I feel like it works fairly well, but I'...
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Online radio logo feedback request (Part 2)

After gathering valuable feedback, I worked on a second version for the logo of my online radio station that plays indie music without commercial interruptions. I wanted to come up with an original ...
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Suggestions on how to improve logo

I'm a computer programmer, and I have no idea what I'm doing, nevertheless, when I founded my company, Rebus FM ("Rebus Fleet Management"), I went ahead and designed my own logo. It's basically a ...
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Critique: logo design for an engineering company that makes machinery

I'm designing a logo for a new company that will build plastic manufacturing machinery - a fairly small-sized low-tech industry where stability, solid engineering, and even country of manufacturer is ...
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Logo design: is this too simple or boring?

I'm currently designing a logo for a film production company, but I am struggling a bit and would be grateful some feedback. This is my progress so far: I've received some feedback from people on ...
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Is this Dutch IJ ligature suitable and readable to native speakers?

I'm designing a display typeface and have designed, for the Dutch capital IJ digraph, a ligature that combines the "I" and "J" to form what looks like a broken "U". Here is a comparison of my "IJ" ...
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Consistent angles in my font

I'm early(ish) in the process of designing a font, and need some advice. All the vertical terminals (excluding top/bottom of stems) end with a cut at a specific angle. This is consistent throughout ...
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How can I make the logo light up against a blurred background?

I'm trying to create a website for a friend and I'm having trouble I tried adding a transparent white or black background on the logo and it just doesn't look good. The text is okay, it's just the ...
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Does this font match the logo symbol?

I'm trying to make a logo for a new company. My main symbol is this bubble with a target. Here is the symbol and how it looks right now. Do you think the font matches the symbol? Moderator’s ...
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Critique: How can I make the imagery used for these Dessert e-book covers more appetizing? [closed]

I've published a dessert book on Kindle. I only had a small budget so I used a free stock image, but I've been getting feedback that it's not very appetizing and I agree that it isn't - it's too dark ...
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How to visualise two-dimensional scientific data-points in a chart… in grayscale?

I am not sure whether this is the correct site for this question. The model comes from Physics, the data comes from computational physics, the plot is made with LaTeX but my question is about the ...
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Is there a balance of colours between the heart symbol and the brand name in this logo?

I would like to know whether this logo is balanced between the name of the brand and the symbol? The decision was to divide the word Sixtynine with the pink colour, and now I am not sure whether the ...
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How to arrange the text in the new logo of programmers.SE and its meta?

Our old logo: and its meta version: need to be updated with our new name. We were offered: which has a great mug icon, monitor art, and font. Just not sure about the composition. The text ...
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Critique: Military Veteran Themed Business Card Design

I am looking for a sort of Review of some work that I did for a contest (I didn't win). Personally I think that the business cards look awesome. I used graphics and such from the client's site. I ...
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Critique of timeline aesthetic

I am working with this timeline as seen below. I'll try to explain it a bit: Each circle represents an event. There are no tick marks because it's not a "mission-critical" kind of data set. We just ...
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Critique: Looking For Honest Feedback On A Logo Sketch

A little intro: Graphic Design isn't really my thing and the last time I did design was back in 2007... until today that we need to brand our new wedding videography studio. Because of budget ...
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Critique: How can I improve this realistic icon?

Programmer here, working on an app by myself. I think I'm slowly improving with my images each month, but I've never taken a course in graphics design, so there are elements of professionalism that ...
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Does my logo look like a Worry Stone?

The concept of the app logo is a physical worry stone that the user can interact with, the information is then logged into the app to help monitor and give advice for when the user may be feeling ...
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How to make bibliography tailored for non-academic readers?

Perhaps all bibliography styles in research papers are in plain text. The authors are cited first, then the actual titles of the work in citing, then other information. This is because for the ...
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Is there a natural way to indicate directional motion in a still image?

I have made the following render of a DNA molecule being pulled through a hole in a membrane using Blender. Since this process can go in either direction, I need a way to indicate whether the DNA is ...
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What are some tips for a graphic designer's CV/resume?

I've recently graduated from university (within the United Kingdom) and I'm trying to get my first step on to the ladder within the graphic design industry. It has been several months and I'm having ...
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Can you read this logo as “D” in negative space?

I'm doing a project and I need a logo to represent directory. I would like to get some feedback. Does my icon deliver the message?
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Usage of blank space in trade banner and text-positioning

and thanks for your continued feedback on my trade banner that I am creating for my friend pro-bono. I've consolidated all the feedback from to create the below: Stucturing information on this trade ...

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