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    Some Graphic Work. Update 19 Oct 2011

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    Love your style, very clean an nice colors.

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    These are pretty good. I hope your client doesn't go with the 3rd one, because it looks a bit corny. The second one would be my favorite, but the top one is so much more relevant. I mean c'mon it has Mr. Miyagi's freakin bandanna. Try swapping the type.

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    Not bad. The style of the 2nd one is the most original and the one that appeals the most to me, I mean, 3 out of 4 sushi-places use the black/white/red colorscheme. =)

    The last one has to many gradients and isn't as strong. Obviously it depends on what the client wants to communicate. If they want to seem affordable and friendly (for kids perhaps) then it would be an appropriate look, but I would further develop the character and tighten it up, otherwise the 1st and the 2nd are much better.

    Raoul has a point, perhaps you could try the design-element from number one with the rest of the design from the 2nd?

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    The type of concept four was a little hard for me to read, especially on the grey background. I like the idea behind it, but to my eye the "I" and "Y" kept flowing together into a single shape I couldn't decipher. With some work though I think it would be my favorite.

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    Hi

    Nice Work. Lovely style and color combination.

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    Concept Two would be my favorite.

    It is bold and attractive, yet keeps that Japanese zen spirit to it.
    It is simple and clean and uses colors which are very appropriate and would give a fitting atmosphere for a high end sushi restaurant.

    Love the subtle and elegant Samurai face design.


    Concept Four would be my next favorite.

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    hey guy. nice works! i like the 2nd one best. simply because it's the one that appears to be the most conceptual. i dunno how to word it properly, but i've seen too much japanese restaurants relying on the color scheme red/orange/black.

    to have a japanese restaurant pull out a greenish color and the way you handled the colors together, i think it's really good.

    concerning the logo, i like the first one best. i just think (IN MY OPINION) the letter "i" from miyagI could be inverted into leaning towards the right. because at first i sort of read it as "miyaga".

    hopefully, you're not offended. i only suggest, im not telling you what to do. good luck!

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    Damn haha I posted these and totally forgot about this thread

    Thank you all for the great comments I really appreciate them. As for what the client chose I hate to say it but they went with concept number 4.

    It's generic I know but they wanted familiar themes.

    Here's a little photomanip poster done for a company that builds running tracks.

    The colours appear washed out because the colour id is set in CMYK rather than srgb for net viewing will upload a newer version soon.

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    With regards to the logos above, one thing I always do is start designing the logo in black and white first, before moving on to adding colors/effects, etc. I was always taught that if you can't make a logo look good in black and white, then you can't make it look good in color either. I'm not saying yours aren't good though.

    With regards to the track poster, you definitely need to make the logo and phrase at the bottom stand out more. Drop shadow would be the basic way to help this. Maybe try putting them in the middle of the sky instead? Lots of possibilities.

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    @ConstableMurtis: That's exactly right I usually always do that. The thing is I'm showing here the presentations as are shown to the client . Yup I changed the those somewhat to make them pop out more but I seem to have misplaced the file but will update it when I find it. Thanks for stopping by.

    @asudo: Thanks mate I feel the same way about them.

    Here's a greetings card done for KAF, one of the largest Vegetable and Fruit suppliers in Dubai.

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    yeah be careful with the logo, the first one is really hard to read, might make it hard to find the place if someone thought it was called miyaai

    second one is my favorite one

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    i have question about concept 2 about letters, miyagi, hod did u get that shape?
    thank you!

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    the first design with the grey bg, I did not know it was a g, thought it was a q.

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    I know guys that g is terrible but cant do anything about it right now

    More sushi logos....

    First was the original concept I came up with. Second is what was left after the AD looked at it....

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    These are all really beautiful examples of design.

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    Some more logo work.

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    Too much colors for the Rockville Ventures logo. What's the concept/vision of the company? If it's a happy, fun company, it's alright. If it's a more corporate type, stick with one or two colors.

    Follow the concept and you'll increase your chance at having your design works accepted.

    Overall, NICE work!

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    great work.

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    Havent posted anything in awhile...some more logo work.

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    cool job on that retail one, real simple and clean

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    Commenting on the first two ones.
    First of all, you gotta start working with a black and white logo. This is the first rule. A colorful logo always MUST be working too when it's also black and white. A logo should be simple so it can be recognized and understood by the eye easily. There are some situations that the logos can be more detailed but again, they should be understandable. Everything in the logo should be there, because it is necessary and any unnecesessary things should be thrown. On the first and second one, I wouldn't call these a logo. They are illustrations but even for an illustrations they are not working really. Please don't take it as I'm harsh on you, I'm a graphic design graduate and I'm telling you for what it really is.
    1- You gotta see hellll a lotttt of work cause it seems like you don't have any eye training.
    2- You gotta have a prespective on estethics. I can see from the colors that you chose to use together that you do not very much of an esthetic understanding. I don't really know how you can achieve this but seeing a lot of good designs and artwork may help. Go to behance.net and see some identity designs.
    3- If you are an American, learn about European design; especially Swiss.
    4-If you didn't study Graphic Design in the University, then do so at least for 4 years. Or else it's almost impossible to be a good Graphic Designer. You may just think you are.
    I hope I could be of help to make you see it in a more realistic perspective.
    Good luck!

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    ^^^ but surely formal graphic art training is aimed at helping graphic artists understand the reasons behind the aesthetics, not just to follow these 'rules' blindly without understanding the reasons behind them.

    Dead, stagnant designs will result from following such aesthetic dogma without the understanding of the essence behind the rules.

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    @rapxic: Thanks mate!!

    @AltayDA: I appreciate the crits mate really I do and I agree with most of what your saying. I'd like to clarify that the Miyagi logo was actually one of the first commercial logos that I worked on back in 2009. I was still under the impression that I had to comply with what the client wanted. Big mistake as I learnt later on. I am a Graphic Design graduate by the way. I've learned a ton studying the history of Design such as the De Stijl, Baroque, and neoclassicism movements. I constantly follow up on blogs such as Logo Design Love which is written by David Airy, and ones written by 300million and Moving Brands, I have nearly all of the Logo lounge books as well Dos Logos books, so I dont think your comment about not having the eye training doesnt really apply.

    And no I'm not American, and I dont see how that applies really. I also notice you only seem to comment on the first post, like you didn't bother looking at the rest of the work. Not being defensive but alot of the comments you made don't make sense.

    Anyways thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share you crits.

    @steve pete: Thanks mate for stopping by and liking the work

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    Poster done for the closing Formula 1 event in Abu Dhabi.

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    The font on "luxurious" is hard to read from a distance. The diamond you have now seems out of place for a logo. (a more styllized diamond might look better)

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    I'm liking how diverse the work you have shown is.

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    I like better the Second Concept because he has more clarity =)

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