HalfWheat wrote:I've got no clue what appeals to voters here. Just do the best you can to make something you like and you're proud of, and see what takes off and what doesn't.
I think that if you do the same thing in every derby, you will get in a rut, and people will label you as that guy who always turns in the same stuff...goes the easy route...recycles too much. It's good to have a recognizable style, but if it's too predictable, people get bored.
Couldn't agree more. For what it's worth, tt's often not that hard to guess a design's artist from the thumbnail. That includes some artists I don't care for, but also many I admire. It's the effort and artistry of the work that matters. The difference is that some artists have a visual flair unique to them that makes them recognizable, but they still go all out in creating interesting, unique designs, while others show the artistic ambition of a Wal-Mart commercial.
Anyway, despite some of the similar (minor) issues with this design that I shared with others, I love it for its great visual look, its imagination, and the sense of wonder it evokes. I'd have loved for it to print. More stuff like this (not copying this design, per se, but capturing that sense and hitting close to home) would make these derbies a hell of a lot more interesting and fun. My favorite designs ("Air", "Rain dance", "Stuck Inside") share that quality.