Maybe I'm the only one having this difficulty, but I often find it a little challenging to pick out a ship during the selection process, and a huge part of that is the disconnect between the ship I've crafted and the icon created for it.
A purely top-down view just doesn't resemble what I built; there are several custom ships that I can only recognize because I gave them very distinctive paint-jobs.
It might be too late in the development process, but could we please get ship icons that are pointed a little more at the front of the ship? Just tilt 'em a smidge so we get an angle...?
Along similar lines: during fleet battles, our ships don't show which weapons they have on 'em, and it's easy enough to forget which ship has which armaments. Oh, sure, we can totally see what we're getting during fleet selection, when actually building our armada...but after we've lost a ship during battle, we're forced to have each ship's loadout memorized when selecting the replacement.
I'd like to see that one revised, too.