Allow me to begin by pointing out that the overall use and positioning of shapes here is quite nice. I like how you've combined three concepts into one: the match and the flame, the man with a tie, and the shape of an 'H' (from 'hothead') coming from the man's body. Having said that, some of the spaces between the shapes could use some adjusting. For example, the room you've left between the man's neck and the tip of the match is almost invisible compared to the sizing of the rest of the logo. Because the tip of the match is not connected to the rest of it, I'd suggest at least lessening that space by 10-20%, because it seems unnecessarily large (seeing as there's no need for your eye to be drawn there). With those changes, you might also make that 'H' (from 'hothead') more visible. I do however, like how you've positioned and sized the flame. I'm tempted to point out that the colors could use some change. Although the reds you used (on the tip of the match and on the flame) are quite nice, the single hue of navy blue (pun intended) is a tad bit too dark and unappealing. Perhaps a more vivid, but still dark, blue would have worked better. And as for the font you used, I'm unsure about what to say. I don't like rounded fonts per sť (Comic Sans totally ruined most of them for me), but I see how they might work well here. I also can't think of a much better alternative, except maybe something more along the lines of Fertigo Pro. Additionally, the text itself could be closer to the image itself, because when you look at the image (that's what your eyes are attracted to, first thing), you have to almost intentionally look downwards to read the text. It would be nicer to be able to analyze both at the same time. In summary, the concept is amazing and the final output is stunning. This is one hot (extremely bad pun intended) logo!
If I had to pick on something... I'd go for the shape of the suit, personally I would have gone for a little more sleek shape rather than bulky, trying to cut it in concavely on the sides of the H/suit and curving the white part of the tie a little, as an extra detail, but I'd focus on reducing the thickness of the suit somehow.
I like it in general as it is though, I think the gradient fits pretty well.
The text fits better, but the human shape still isn't all too visible. The colors seem smooth, though. The shirt idea you've got now doesn't really make the person stand out. Perhaps making him taller and more human-shaped would be in order. Or maybe make the flame and the H the main focuses, rather than the flame and the person.
The human body is not clear for me when i saw the logo ... actually i had to read your note it to figure it out ... when my eyes saw this the human body was like an ''A'' letter for me ..the tie shape is not very clear...
The only suggestion I have is that everything is too rounded, and stylized, even the typeface, and doesn't yell 'hothead' at me.
I'd say it needs more sharp edges and triangles. Maybe the collar could have been triangular, that would add 'edginess' to the character, make it feel more fiery, and make the match head feel more like a suit tie.
Nevertheless, it's an awesome concept and I like it!
I don't want to add so much as to be a critique, but for me, I didn't really see the match until i read the description. Also, the H seems a bit wide. Very clever with the design as usual, keep em coming
This is really clever! I do have a few things to add as a critique:
As much as I love the flame, the radial gradient doesn't run too well with me. I would at least shift the center point down so that it's just out of sight, and it would look a bit smoother. The tie is a nice idea, but I don't like the red on navy contrast. If I hadn't read your description I wouldn't have recognized the match before the tie. I think it would be easier to realize this connection if the flame was closer to the head of the match (or knot), by reducing the white space between the "head" and the "body". At first I felt that I'd prefer the font to line up with the edges of the graphic, but I appreciate the soft roundness of the whole logo, and I don't think it's necessary to give it a "sharper" appearance by further boxifying it, so to speak.
Without any changes this is still an awesome and effective logo with great use of shapes and minimalism!
The concept is brilliant but it doesn't really communicate. If I wouldn't have read the description, I wouldn't have seen the tie at first glance. Also I'm not quite sure if Vag Rounded is the best typeface for this. I probably would have gone for something a bit less rounded. Maybe Argo or Dax... Still, your competence as a designer shows well even in the works I wouldn't call entirely successful.