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24 February 2015 @ 09:12 am
A question for my graphically-abled friends  
....or anyone interested in offering an opinion.

As you may (or may not) recall I am struggling to take two graphic arts classes at school. Words I can do. Graphics, not so much.

One of our recent assignments was to create a new logo for the US National Whitewater Center. (It certainly needs a new logo but I doubt they'll use one from any first year graphic art student, even the students majoring in it.)

I created this logo which was my fifth or sixth try because my instructor rejected my other ideas:


When I posted it on our class forum, one of my classmates said "I like the color scheme and the droplets, but i see an inappropriate image in your logo."

Do you see an inappropriate image when you look at the stylized W? Or is she seeing things that don't exist? If there is an "inappropriate image" I'm going to need to change it, again.

(Did I mention that I'm totally graphics fail?)

Thank you in advance for your feedback.
Current Location: home due to snow
Current Mood: frustrated
kahuna_burgerkahuna_burger on February 24th, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
I think your question sets up a bit of a false dichotomy. I don't see anything at first glance, but that doesn't mean someone else won't. It's a risk of semi abstract images. I'd ask her specifically what parts of the image ink blotted for her, and if even one other person trips on the same thing, slightly adjust the angles/curves/whatever.
Umai Hoshifairyniamh on February 24th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
At first glance, I saw nothing truly dirty. Then I put my perv goggles on and I can (kind of) see it.

So I will tell you where someone MIGHT see that.

First thought was that the aqua drops look a bit like a twisted panty liner.

If you stretch your imagination, you could see the aqua dots as spread legs with the blue dot lining up for insertion.
seshat0120 on February 24th, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
When I first looked, I didn't see anything. After reading your question and looking again...the two middle dots could I guess could call to mind breasts. But if you hadn't mentioned inappropriate, I don't think I would have seen/thought that.
galadriel34galadriel34 on February 24th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
For me at first nothing, but if I watch it closely I can be able to see as fairy said or a naked man with spread legs ;) but I really love the design because it remind me the water droplets completely :)
Stevia Fluntasphaltcowgrrl on February 24th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
Until I read further down, I hadn't seen anything even close to inappropriate. That was earlier this morning on my phone. I kind of get it, if I squint.

Now, however? Several hours later and in the afternoon? If anything I see an extremely buff person with a small head raising their arms in victory. Now, that's NOT a criticism on your work at all. It's just the results of my mindset.

All of that said, I do love the graphic itself. The colors and the water droplets are simple yet striking. Sometimes, we go into something looking for something wrong, know what I mean? That could have been this person's issue.
a geek in such the wrong wayhaldoor on February 27th, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
Like Seshat, the only thing that seemed likely after I read (I looked first, saw a cool logo, then read) was prossibly breasts, but then I read what others said and thought, what? Seriously, you'd have to have that mindset to start with; I really don't see anything inapprpriate at all - even if you think 'phallic' as per Gala's suggestion, it's completely the wrong shape, so huh? Maybe your classmate could explain what she saw so that you can judge better (if she didn't already).