UPDATE: MAY 19, 2016
Thank you to everyone who took the time to review and provide feedback. Based on the comments and posts below, here are the changes that are being made to the design:
- I dropped the square brackets, the glyph + wordmark logo construction and the red-orange color scheme.
- Now I've encapsulated the community name within parentheses. The favicon will be the first letter, which you can see in the bottom corner in the image below. Also I've updated the colors to use purple and blue. The site's color theme will be updated as well.
In Emacs Lisp, 'tag-name is the usual way to write a “keyword”, i.e. a name that is to be used as itself with a particular meaning
Great suggestion. I can make this update.
Would it work to use
*Tags*, etc. as page titles?
Unfortunately we do not customize page titles.
If there is no other feedback, I'll start setting up the new site theme. This should happen sometime in the next two weeks. Normally it's within a week, but I can't guarantee that at this point. Thank you again for the feedback throughout this process. Thank you for being such a great community!
Original Post: MAY 12, 2016
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Joshua and I'm a product designer at Stack Overflow. Hello! And congratulations, your community is (finally) moving out of beta!
Graduation and Your Site Design
Graduation comes with a few perks. One of those perks is community-specific design, reflecting the theme, topic, and culture of the community. Many elements will be altered to help make your site unique, while still retaining common elements with Stack Exchange communities. These common elements help create a consistent experience across the Stack Exchange Network.
Design & Logo Concept
Last week I posted a discussion thread to solicit ideas and inspiration from the community. First off, thank you for all your feedback! It was helpful as I started my design exploration. Here were a couple statements that helped…
My background on Emacs was minimal, so the answers and comments did help. Exploring the top questions and tags also helped, as well as reading various website articles and tutorials. Based on your feedback and what I learned on my own, a visually heavy theme wouldn't work.
Even though the theme might not be visually heavy, it still needed to be distinctive. During my research I came across this box-and-pointer diagram:
After viewing this diagram, I started exploring how I could capture the text used within Emacs. Was there something distinctive about the way things are executed? Borrowing the idea of LISP's symbolic expressions, I wrapped the letter "E" in parentheses.
The site design utilizes a pattern based on the box-and-pointer diagram shared above. Otherwise I kept the colors simple and used a monospaced font for numbers and headline elements.
I believe this design captures the unique theme and topic of your community. That said, I'd love to hear your feedback.
Thank you for for making this such a great community!