New Design Launched
First, I want to thank you for your valuable feedback for the first design concept. Programmers.SE is a site about people and conceptual design more than coding. The old design simply did not reflect that; so it failed.
I talked to Jeff about this, and he agrees that Programmers.se is much different from Stackoverflow. I quote him:
Stack Overflow is when you sit down in front of the compiler, Programmers is when you sit down in front of the whiteboard
Dan Grossman and Jon Purdy also thought a whiteboard theme was more appropriate from their comments regarding the first design review, and I agree.
Since late last week I've been working on a whiteboard theme, and I'm pleased with the outcome. I feel it gives the site a more positive and personal touch, and has some similarities from the Beta theme.
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The handwritten font in the title, top nav and section header is House Whiteboard. Yes, it is actually Hugh Laurie's handwriting. ("It's Not Lupus!")
For the question title typeface, I tried a few "handwritten" ones; they looked great visually, but they scored rather poorly on readability. I eventually went with Yanone Kaffeesatz. I feel it has that soft look, and works well with the whiteboard theme.
Please let me know what you think.
bonus: (the making of)