I notice that anytime HP-brand media is brought up, someone will make a joke about how horrible looking it is, with the supposed garish colors, etc.
Frankly, I like the look of HP media, and don't find the blue color of the CDs or the red color of the DVDs distracting at all, and in fact, they look quite nice compared to a lot of the other crappy looking DVDs out there. I also like the fact that HP gives you three proportional lines for writing, which allows me to write very clear labels.
On the other hand, look at the vaunted Verbatim, especially the 16x media. Who was the genius that decided to use up so much of the freaking lower surface of the disc for that stupid DVD logo? Why are the two lines for writing not proportionally spaced, with the first line too close to the hub? It's difficult to write a nice looking label on Verbatim 16x media. Their design sucks. Move the logo and other crap to the top or sides, and leave the lower-half blank, or if you use lines, make them proportional.
I love Sony media the best, because they give you a nice open and white surface to write on, which looks wonderful with black sharpies.
Heck, even LG media, although it's crap, has a better design than Verbatim. The LG 16x media has plenty of open white surface for you to write on.