Graphics Poll results, and tweaks preview
More than 200 of the backers have responded to the graphics poll I sent out yesterday, and the opinions have been great to read! One thing the results emphasize is that there'll never be an option that makes everyone happy. Despite that, here are some of the results, and where I've decided to take the direction.
Clearly there are fractured tastes, but people just want it to look like a blueprint while still being as clear as possible. Using the voting, I hybridized the (barely) winning "white block" option a bit, in order to really evoke the blueprint feel (look, it's the bottom edge of the paper!) while maintaining a clean line. I think it's pretty snazzy.
As for the symbols, there was a pretty even split between circle and square. But either way, the symbol still kinda looked like the Air resource... so thanks to one participant, I made the connection that there are domes on all the quarters, so why not make the symbol look dome-like? It also gives it a very unique-at-a-glance shape, too.
Flipping the direction of the triangle allows it to nest into the other symbols a bit better, for those rare tiles with all three symbols.
Finally the color yellow: interestingly (and coincidentally) the two base tones I picked for the blueprints (that blue and red) are exactly 1/3 the way around the color wheel. Guess what color is exactly their triad? Yep, this particular yellow. I think it looks pretty nice on the tiles, once you see them all together. Additionally, having them be a different color than the building name emphasizes the fact that the symbols matter in a way that's different than the name.
Take a look at a sample moonbase below, or click for a zoom-able image.
What about Topic 2: "Activate Another" icon? Well, the polls were very split. I have a feeling there is no great solution there, so I'm working with my graphic designer on some tweaks to find something that will satisfy most.
Now, I do have to point out that all of these graphics are still just DIRECTIONAL. Tweaks will be made to the icons to allow for better spacing and fitting - it's very unlikely that exactly what you see here will make it through the entire graphics vetting process. But I love what they've evolved into, and much of that is because of YOU!