So what do you think of the snazzy new banner?


  1. #1 SmedRock
    July 20, 2007

    Seems a bit busy. If the the thought bubble was not translucent that would help. Make the back drop design translucent a and the bubble more solid and I think it would be good to go. The back drop is taking attention away from the foreground. Otherwise, good job.

  2. #2 Ginny
    July 20, 2007

    *Love* the cow/mouse/wombat thing peeking in from the corner…

  3. #3 btr
    July 20, 2007

    Looks sharp, I’d lose the opacity on the bubble though

  4. #4 Josh Rosenau
    July 20, 2007

    Tree kangaroo.

    I agree that it’s too busy. I wanted to work in the Twain quotation, but that just adds to the busyness.

  5. #5 Albatrossity
    July 20, 2007

    Too busy.

    Greenish background with blue type is hard to read (and may be unreadable for folks with color blindness)

    Ditto for the map at left.

    hope this helps!

  6. #6 Josh Rosenau
    July 20, 2007

    I hadn’t thought about the color blindness issue. Red-green colorblind people will still be able to read the map, but blue-yellow color blindness could make other things tricky.

  7. #7 John B.
    July 20, 2007

    I like, on the whole. But that thought-balloon: the way it’s rendered now, it looks more to me like a gust of wind emanating from Douglas County. “Hot air,” in other words.

    Are you able to render the emanating part with gradually-larger circles, as thought-balloons usually get rendered?

  8. #8 Adam
    July 20, 2007

    The satellite photo of the irrigation circles is my current desktop image.

  9. #9 llewelly
    July 21, 2007

    Two big reasons it looks busy are the irrigation circles (well, that’s what it looks like to me) background, which you should replace with something bland and boring, and the glaring red pixels of the Kansas state, which you should replace with state filled with (again) something bland and boring. The viewer’s interest would be better drawn to (a) the quote and (b) the relationship between the various elements, rather than any individual element. Finally I suggest you reduce the transparency of the thought bubble, possibly to zero.

  10. #10 Josh Rosenau
    July 22, 2007

    By popular demand, I’ve reduced the opacity on the bubble, turned it into a thought bubble rather than a hybrid thought/speech bubble, and tweaked the colors to (hopefully) improve readability. I left the county blue/red map, but pushed some of the state out of sight, reducing the clutter without undermining the message. That also freed up space to make the quotation a little bigger, which makes it more legible and less busy.

    Anything else?

  11. #11 Dirkh
    July 22, 2007

    I’m from Iowa. Looks okay to me.

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