I really appreciate feedback like this, there have been several people kind enough to spend the time writing like this and it is both helpful and supportive rather than destructive.
I had started to lean more towards a black and white version (even though I didn't want to go with white because...
To be honest, I really like the first design more too. It's been difficult because I like both designs and can see how people keep going for the drumstick design. It is discouraging when someone tells you to start again because none of the designs make sense to them.
It's challenging when...
Seb, you are right. Someone else had already made me aware of that issue with another design. I'm really struggling to get the shapes absolutely parallel. I think you are saying that the ends of the shape should not taper?
It looks like the same design has consistently got the same votes in both polls despite there being other options available in the respective poll, with some changes being specific to feedback given.
I'm still really struggling with the decision.