I'm introducing a new restaurant rating methodology. Here is more info:
-It will be more holistic than Michelin (that only looks at food) and more professional than the crowd-sourced Yelps.
-It's rating elements include: story, sustainability, experience, cuisine, and diversity.
-I want this company to have an app and operate like a tech company that can be appealing to all educated eaters or industry professionals, which is why I've selected middle ground options in all of the previous questions.
The problem that I've had so far is in creating something too feminine or too alternative (yoga-esque). My current site for testing is this one, under the name Obsidian Notes (https://obsidiannotes.com) for reference.
At present, the logo of this system is the rating icon itself. For this project, I would love to be able to either have a better rating icon that could also be used as a logo (current explanation here, going straight to the images: https://obsidiannotes.com). Or, I could start with just a logo and move forward from there. As the biggest hurdle that I am currently encountering though is having a more intuitive way of visually explaining my rating grid, I would rather start there...
Note: Table Grey could mean many things, but one clear interpretation could be that it's a food based business, and that a fully grey rating means that a restaurant has reached its full potential. Please see an example of the current design, attached. One idea that I had was to make the legs of a table into the rating design, so that it's literally a grey table, but I don't want to discourage any new thoughts, if there are other ideas! Again, the design does not have to be related to a literal translation of Table Grey.