Hi, TheANIMAL, thanks for giving your time and attention to this work!
I was indeed struggling with the readability of the shadow text. I finally gave up for two reasons - I was running out of time, and the contest title is “Dare to Deviate”, so the people viewing it in that context would have no problem reading it.
I wish your idea of compressing the top and stretching the bottom of the text occured to me at the time! It is a genius solution - the shadows are disproportionate exactly in this way, so slightly compensating for this would do a great favor to the shadow readability! Great thinking, I may use this idea in a later work.
I was thinking about a wider camera angle. Would it effectively “expand” the middle of the image, and “compress” the outer area, like a fisheye? This may be a good idea, I will try it out in a test, just to see how it works, for use in future concepts
You are also correct about adding some flavor, perhaps a texture, to the polygon text (good terms, btw). I guess I got too involved in working with the lights and shadows that I didn’t pay enough attention to the main text at all.
Thank you so much for the helpful critique!