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#1 User is offline   Fred Wu 

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 02:55 AM

Hey guys,

Since there isn't a dedicated thread for branding proposals (the two stickies are dedicated to their respective authors), I am going to post all my proposals here, hope you guys don't mind. :)

I finally have some free time now and I'll be sketching for more concepts over the next couple of days. I will update this thread accordingly.

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Concept 1

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Concept 1a

"Normal" typeface.

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Concept 1b

With styles back-ported from concept 2.

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Concept 2

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Concept 3

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Concept 3a

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Concept 3b

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Concept 3c

Just noticed the little 'tail' shouldn't be there. :/

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Styles back-ported from concept 3d.

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Concept 3d

A variant of concept 3c, suitable for promos and banners.

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Website Layouts

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Concept 1

Ideally the search bar should behave similarly to OS X's Spotlight.

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With user info panel (top right corner, under the search panel).

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Fixed the search bar's alignment as well as the Latest Releases block.

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Concept 1a

Improved the page contrast.

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Concept 1b

Improved font size and reworked on the 'features' block.

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Concept 1c

Made the features block less dominant, still thinking of ways to improve the contrast.

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Concept 2

"Tip of the Day" should be randomly generated thus keeping visitors more engaged to the home page.

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#2 User is offline   yoshi 

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 08:06 AM

Hi,
and what's about this one: http://www.yiiframew...pic,1948.0.html ??

By the way: i like your second concept!  ;)

Edit: I should better follow my own speech: READ - THINK - ANSWER  ;D
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 01:19 PM

Very nice job!

My vote goes to 1b concept ;)
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 07:37 AM

Nice job!

I like concept 2 better. Concept 1 is a bit childish to my taste. Concept 2 needs some balance in size between the big Y and the rest of the words. Also concept 2 needs some interpretation on the big Y design.

BTW, any progress on your earlier mouse-shaped design? That is pretty unique.
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 08:47 AM

Concept 3 added. :)
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 05:33 PM

Concept 3 is really individual - i like it!
It took me some time to see the Y inside the mouse shape :D
But i would suggest to keep the little cable-tail otherwise it wouldn't be recognized as a computer mouse immediately and then the black part is too dominant.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 06:05 AM

I'm very impressed by this concepts. All other logos s**k (not so good).
I'm vote for this concepts all!!!

Cause it's really Web 2.0!!! It's light, fresh, very simple and rememberable!!!
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#8 User is offline   qiang 

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 06:24 AM

concept 3 is also very nice! Perhaps it needs some adjustment in the size of the three blocks (they give some illusion in size difference due to their colors). No need the mouse tail (wireless mouse? ;)) because the tail makes the logo less clean.
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#9 User is offline   Fred Wu 

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:03 AM

Hey Qiang, the reason I kept the two smaller blocks the same size is due to the logo being used in greyscale (as seen in the website layout concepts). ;)
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:28 AM

I like how the logo looks like in the page design. I like the header and footer design, especially the grayscale logos and the search box.

The main content is a little messy. I guess it's because of the dark block for the feature list. It is not easy to identify a focus in the main content.

Thank you for the great designs!
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 05:47 PM

Concept 3 is really sharp. I agree with Qiang on the page layout. It is a little bit too busy.
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#12 User is offline   Fred Wu 

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 08:57 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys. Indeed the page is a little bit too busy. It was late at night when I finished the concept so I thought I'd rush it out and get some feedback first. I have now added concept 1b which improved the balance a little bit. :)
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:28 AM

I also like this logo and how it plays with the Y-shape. Also very decent colors that nicely integrate. Good job.

But IMO the black block on the left is too heavy/dark. Maybe use a lighter color there? And the search box reminds me a little of the apple finder ;)
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 02:14 AM

Thanks Mike, I will be making improvements to the features block.

The search bar is done intentionally to mimic Spotlight. I pitched it to have categorised auto-complete search results.
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:03 AM

I like the mouse concept too.
Maybe you should put the 2 ii in the black area of the mouse so Yii could be read more clearly
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 08:11 AM

Website concept 2 is up! :)

@Spyros: Making the 'ii' into the logo graphic might complicate it too much I'm afraid.
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 09:06 AM

Concept 2 looks really nice! I have no complaints at all. It can only be beaten by your new proposals. :D
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 05:00 PM

;) Fine choice!
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Posted 09 July 2009 - 10:05 AM

Concept 2 looks great, i have one comment though (if its not too late)...
The top half has a lot of "empty space", I could be an idea to make the "bannerstyle" a little less height, as of now the "real info" is only displayed on bottom half of the design. :)
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