wingedpotato wrote:I do like the alt-index myself, but I totally agree about the new backdrop. I prefer all the others you've shown over this one.
Okay, I myself totally forgot that there had been more than one backdrop shown because they were all on different pages, so I'm taking the liberty of aggregating them here, numbered in the order they appeared in the thread:
Backdrop Preview #1
Backdrop Preview #2
Backdrop Preview #3
Backdrop Preview #4
My personal thoughts, in no particular order that makes sense to anyone but me:
- #1 was a great starting point: it doesn't enhance the courts, but it does balance the composition of the faces by acting as a kind of counterweight to the indices. I think you could do better, but you could also do worse.
- #4 does, as wingedpotato said, suck the eye inward, toward the join in the center of the card, rather than along the length of the figure as it should. It also makes the negative space around the alt-indices look vast and empty - and I think enlarging them to compensate would just make the face look cluttered, like too many icons on a desktop. (I'm also not a fan of the large pip to the right of the main index, but that's a personal preference.)
- #3 has the balancing effect of #1, with the added visual interest created by the circuit motif. The way it frames the indices - including the enlarged pips, which I do actually like here - also contributes a pleasing illusion of depth. I might like to see you play around with the color a bit - perhaps a further desaturated version of the muted gold in #1? - but there's a lot to like about it as is.
- #2 is easily my favorite, though I think you could do without the second pip inside the frame. As it's the most visually commanding of the backdrops, you would need to be careful that it worked well with the composition of each court, and perhaps make some adjustments to that end, but I think the final product would be worth the effort.
- I don't want to be melodramatic, but I didn't think the color scheme used for the QoH in #2 needed an improvement, and even if I did I don't think #4 would be one. The reds and blacks in #2 were much more appealing, and even the gold tones looked better. The purple is just too much. (In a minor variation of the same theme, I also thought the green sleeves on the QoC looked better than the blue, but again, personal preference.)
Edit: Clarified what I was talking about in my last point by adding the specific reference to the QoH.