opinion: to reflect or not to reflect?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by JonD25, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. JonD25 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2006
    I'm wanting to redesign my portfolio site, and I was thinking of going with a minimal look with some of those reflections that Apple is so fond of using. (for an example, go to apple.com and look under the iPhones, or go to apple.com/mac and look under all the different products on the top)

    But my questions is, do you think that it's starting to become an overused/cliche effect? I like the effect, but I can see where it could be getting a little overused lately. Or, if it isn't yet overused by everyone is, is it the kind of effect that is automatically identified with Apple, so much that if you saw a site that had nothing to do with Apple, you'd think they stole the design idea from Apple? So what are your opinions. To use reflections or not?
  2. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Reflections...DO NOT WANT.


    They are already way past the cliché stage, reflections like those in Coverflow are in the beating a dead design horse phase.
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Don't use reflections. Allow your work to stand all by itself.
  4. JonD25 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2006
    Hahaha, yeah I had a feeling so. I'm just beginning to seriously get in to the design world, and although I've been a student at it for a couple years, I haven't gotten that deep in to it yet.

    This is somewhat off topic, but how do you guys find inspiration for design ideas? I'm kinda at a roadblock with how to design and organize my site. Coming up with that first initial spark of inspiration is always the hardest part for me.
  5. bluetooth macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2007
  6. Abraxsis macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2003
    Here is the biggest tip I can give. Good design takes time. Dont be afraid of the Delete Layer button ... hell dont be afraid to hit it several times. I developed a new logo for a game my company is releasing in our Monty python line. I worked 2 hours this morning and when I was done .. hated it. I hit the Delete Layer button about 8 times, and then worked with the elements that I did like for another 3 hours and there I have it.

    People all too often look for inspiration outside of themselves, but sometimes the greatest inspiration is what you produce while your trying to find some inspiration.

    Might be a tad "metaphysical" for most. So here is a small list of things I usually try and get inspiration from.

    -Ringing School of Art and Design college catalogs ... something to behold truly.
    -The gorgeous women walking down the street outside my window
    - Various design mags
    - My own and other's Photography
    - Art in general
    - Deviant Art
    - Design websites
    etc etc etc.


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