Such a mighty, passionate response from our community both here in the forums and via our survey! ...but we also know design is highly subjective and it’s impossible to make something everyone loves.
Thanks for the feedback, Natman.
From this thread, I’d say that the feedback has been almost entirely negative (there’s not a single unequivocally positive comment in the first 150 posts) I think we can safely say that this is not a case of a little subjective difference, but an objective dislike of the new badges by the vast majority of the community.
The problem seems to be (as Simonswiss so neatly surmised above):
...these illustrations were designed beautifully. But they are just that – illustrations, not icons.
Another salient post from user Lazy, demonstrated how quickly and easily the situation can be fixed, while keeping true to the spirit and inspiration of the original designs.
http://cl.ly/image/1L2Q3p3N0o1B (full size image)
In Lazy’s image, the icons are smaller, more readable, more differentiated, less childish and just as charming as the originals.
The guys who designed these new icons should have a look at these; should have a read through this entire thread; should regard it as a round of feedback on the job, and set about making the tweaks that will turn this job around. It seems a shame not to finish the job off properly.
What’s more, revisiting these designs would send a very visible message that Envato is listening to its community… and that has been somewhat lacking lately.
felt_tips saidWhy elites and power elites only? Sure we know a bit more how things works in author-buyer relations. But mandatory support will primarily harm new authors and one-men-teams. Elites will start to feel the blow only when Marketplace growth will slow down because of the authors outflow. IMO everyone should have the “right to be heard”.
I wonder why Envato doesn’t have an authors’ interest group comprising of Elite and Power Elite authors, who they consult about big changes like this.
Because it’s a hypothetical small group. Of course, new authors would need to have their interests represented too, but I should think that power elites, with their experience and leverage would be in a good position to represent the interests of the new guys too. Otherwise it needs to be a general consensus, which is practically more difficult. Or maybe a kind of trade union with an elected shop steward.
Anyway, just thinking out loud….
I had around free 40 min and i made some experiment, this is not the same as it was before but might be still better then it is now, what you think about it?
—> http://cl.ly/image/1L2Q3p3N0o1B ——-
Those are a significant improvement. They feel bolder, visually simpler and they’re a better size… whilst keeping the spirit and content of the new designs. Good work.
As with most technological advances, the question is more “when?” than “if?”. 4K has been around a long time. It’s pretty much as old as the RED camera as a common format. Before that, 4K was limited to expensive digital negative scans for films.
The problem is that if you go over too early, the overheads are too big… in terms of processing / cost etc. Go too late and you find yourself having to update a lot of stuff (or wishing that a much loved project you created existed in higher res for your showreel). I remember all this when HD came in.
I think it’s too early for 4K, especially in the template market where customers equipment and software is unlikely to be at the bleeding edge of technology. And of course, there are very few 4K screens in circulation and still less 4K material to show on them. For templates, my feeling is that 4K will currently only serve to create problems with longer render times, out-of-memory etc. Even 4 years ago, I was still creating some templates at 1280×720. Now it seems kind of out of date, but back then, there were certainly users rendering projects with 10 year old computers and 32 bit software, and these were very good reasons to be working at 720 line HD. Now, those projects probably need updating if they’re to continue to sell. If sales are less than stellar, there’s the question “Is it worth it?”
felt_tips saidHey Felt…....... looks like you just….got fired
Loving the birthday celebrations and the new badges… but I’ve got a new one that says “Made it to the Authors’ Hall of Fame”.
But what’s the Authors’ Hall of Fame?
And also, my “volunteer moderator” in the forum messages has become “Envato Team”. I like that better!...
But if you click it, it links to a non-existent page.Anyway, happy 8th birthday Envato!
Shoot! Back to dull old “volunteer moderator”.
King for a day. What did I do wrong?
@Felt flag of belarus has red and green color. But in the badge it’s red and white. And it’s a shame to made such mistake.
Ouch. That needs some updating then!