Need some artistic judgement

I’m thinking of replacing my 17″ Powerbook G4 (aka “AlBook”) with a 17″ MacBook Pro (MBP), although I’m waiting to see if they announce something with the new three-touch touch pad like the MacBook Air (MBA). Rumour has it that they’re waiting for Intel to bring up production levels on a new chip before they do, and that’s why it wasn’t announced at the same time as the MBA.

SnowbirdsThe best feature of my AlBook is that I got a custom “skin” made featuring a picture of the Snowbirds in flight. I took it to the Wings and Wheels air show in St. Catherines last year, and got all the Snowbirds officers (including Snowbird 10 and 11, and their public affairs officer) to sign it. Several of the pilots expressed admiration for it, and asked where they could get one for their own laptops. The skin is made of vinyl, and the web site said you could peel it off, but I very much doubt it would transfer. And I don’t want to risk damaging it, especially since one of the pilots who signed it died in an accident this year. So it’s going to stay on the Albook. But I definitely want one for the new MBP.

I went to the Snowbirds web site and downloaded some of their high resolution promotional pictures, and their logo and wordmark which are available in EPS files, and played around in Photoshop a bit. I definitely wanted one with all 9 planes, and I think I like this one best, but I can’t decide on the placement of the logo and wordmark. First time ever I wished I’d installed that poll plugin, but please look at the following two pictures and tell me in the comments which you prefer. (As always, clicking the thumbnail will take you to a bigger version.)

Option 1 Option 2
Option 1 Option 2

And before you ask, yes, I am procrastinating. I need to re-engineer one of my tables and the classes that use it, and I don’t want to.

11 thoughts on “Need some artistic judgement”

  1. Option 1 is better. The logo on 2 is too large and distracts from the planes and contrails

  2. Option 1 wins it for me — the logo is less intrusive, whereas in Option 2 it seems to crowd the nearest plane.

    And I hear you on the procrastination; currently trying to decide upon the least evil way to spoil a nice piece of platform-agnostic code… *sigh*

  3. Oh. Then I probably shouldn’t tell you that I like #2 better; it looks more balanced, with more mass in the corner to balance the weight of the planes, which are mostly above the diagonal on the left.

  4. I vote for 1.

    I kept looking at 2, telling myself that I *should* like it better because it’s better balanced (before I read Vcki’s comment!), but I still didn’t like it as well.

  5. I’m with Vicki – #2, and for the same reasons.

    Someone *really* handy in photoshop could probably scan your current skin, do their magic to pull only the signatures, and then give you a file you could transpose over the new skin image before you submit it for printing.

  6. Mark, think! If he did that, he’d have no excuse to go get new signatures for his new skin.

    I mean, really. Get with the program!

  7. I very much prefer the first one, with the smaller logo. Balance hardly enters into it, since the logo and text are very clearly superimposed on the photo, not part of it. In fact the size of the logo in #2 pushes the text too far into the photo. Watch out, bottom-most plane! That S nearly got your tail!

    Cute avatar, Vicki; a little too cute, maybe. What manga did you get it from?

  8. Seeing that Vicki has selected option 2, you might as well close comments for this post. We all know it’s going to be 2.

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