Hi all,

The new design has been deployed just now and I want to congratulate you guys for the official launch!

A few tweaks on the final design from the mockup I posted:

  • I decided not to use the Yanone font since it is a bit narrow for question titles, especially on the homepage where the titles are repeated. I'm using Tahoma instead, same as the Beta theme.

  • I used /* */ for the logo since a lot of people liked it. But I did leave a faint cameo for } { as well. If the community feels strongly about using } { maybe the mods can open up a poll.

  • CSS3. The final implementation uses some CSS3 elements, such as the button treatment, new user greeting box(same tips box on Ask/Edit pages), multiple background for the body doodles. Our web stats show close to 90% of users use CSS3 capable browsers, so I felt it was OK to do so. IE and older browsers should degrade gracefully.

  • The right side doodle didn't make it in, because it'd clash with the content at lower res. However, I may work it in later, using media query.

  • Error/404/Captcha images. For now I put in some place holders. Feel free to provide more feedback on the official suggestion thread. Or, if you like what I put in, I can leave them.

    The new favicons are up, but the old ones may be cached by your browsers. You can always load the following URLs and hard refresh.

    http://sstatic.net/programmers/img/favicon.ico

    http://sstatic.net/programmersmeta/img/favicon.ico

If you see any CSS/Styling issues, please start a new question for the bug report, and tag it with "Design" and "Bug." It will be a lot easier for me to track new questions than reading the comments replied to this thread.

I typically fix CSS/usability issues asap. As for more subjective styling requests, I tend to let the new design simmer a bit. After having used the Beta Sketchy theme for a few months, it will take a bit of time to get used to the new design.

Thanks, and congrats again!

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Just noticed... Looks great! –  Eric King Dec 16 '10 at 18:31
    
Thanks, Jin! It's looking good. –  HedgeMage Dec 16 '10 at 18:33
    
I quite like the captcha and 404 images. Haven't been able to trigger an error though ;) –  ChrisF Dec 16 '10 at 21:25
    
Came as a lovely surprise on my Android phone. Worked fine and looks great. –  Gary Rowe Dec 16 '10 at 22:01
    
@ChrisF you can go there manually: programmers.stackexchange.com/error –  Jin Dec 17 '10 at 0:38
    
@Jin - another thing I didn't know. Thanks. The image is good too - evoking SO's error page. –  ChrisF Dec 17 '10 at 13:07
    
Hooray! ` ` ` ` –  Mark C Dec 17 '10 at 16:50

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I really like the semi-erased white board background

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Should be pink-tinged for added realism –  Nick T Dec 16 '10 at 23:05

I was only vaguely aware a site appearance redesign was in the offing, and so when I clicked on a question I had displaying to see if anyone had added anything, suddenly everything changed! I was like "Whoa!" After a moment it all came clear, and I was ENLIGHTENED!

NICE! MUCH BETTER!

I didn't have a problem with the old design appearance, but this is a huge improvement. Thanks!

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It's quite harder to read,

at least for me.

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What parts do you find harder to read? I like the new font in most places, but I found the main page's titles were harder to read for me too. –  Rachel Dec 20 '10 at 14:35
    
@Rachel - pretty much everything is harder to read. Just somehow does not feel right (for me). –  Jas Dec 20 '10 at 17:41
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ditto.. I'm not a frequent user anymore because it's difficult to read... –  makerofthings7 Jan 18 '11 at 1:54

Love it!

Except the logo. In my opinion the logo should be what was voted rather then a few comments.

Also when loading a new page there is a very noticeable lag when swapping the fonts out. The nav bar overflows and then re-corrects when the new font drops in. Can this be fixed? (FF 4.b7)

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The highest-voted logo }Out Of Scope{ really only makes sense with the "Out of Scope" name. }Programmers{ would just make anyone who hadn't seen that thread wonder why the heck our braces were reversed. –  Tim Goodman Dec 17 '10 at 19:14
    
@Tim: Why don't we keep } Out Of Scope {? –  Josh K Dec 17 '10 at 19:51
    
That logo discussion is out of date. "Out of Scope" was from the domain discussion which was closed when the domain-name idea was put on hold. Since Out of Scope is (at least currently) not the name, the brackets don't make much sense, as Tim says. –  NickC Dec 20 '10 at 2:48

Blood cell badges? I liked the little "sunken" versions in the mockup

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T, i decided to keep the badge style from the top bar and the in-page ones consistent. I liked the sunken style too, but it doesn't work on the sticky note background for the badges in side of the page. I just didn't want to use 2 different styling for the badges. –  Jin Dec 16 '10 at 18:41
    
The sunken look at the top reads "disabled" to me. Otherwise, I really like the new design. –  Wonko the Sane Dec 20 '10 at 14:42
    
It seems as though the badges changed...they are now erythrocytes that have not yet undergone anucleation :D –  Nick T Jan 3 '11 at 16:39

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