I’m a photographer, not a graphic designer, but I like learning new things and I often dive into the deep end before I know how to swim. Right now I’m in L.A. working with my favorite Ayurvedic doctor, Vaidya Mishra. I planned to spend the week photographing his product line, but soon realized that it would be a waste of effort to photograph the current labels which are not very professional.
So I was suddenly transformed into a graphic designer. Art is art, right?… Well, I hope so.
I spent the weekend crash learning Adobe Illustrator (that one program in the Creative Suite that has always been an enigma to me). I’m semi-comfortable with the pen tool at last and am having fun with vector graphics.
Here’s what I’ve done so far. What I need is your feedback.
Some people say that this design is too masculine, and I can definitely see that. Some say the green block is too strong. Maybe I should reverse things and not have the text in a block at all.
I’m thinking of adding a thin, solid border around the whole label. I’m also still considering other color schemes and am open to anything you suggest. The small oval to the left is for the doctor’s picture.
Overall, I want to have something that is recognizable off the shelf, easy to read, elegant, simple and charming to look at. The design is missing something and I’m not sure quite yet what it is. Can you help?
I plan to keep adding new versions of the label in the comment section based on your advice.