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.



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
    Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 18:31
  • Thanks, Jin! It's looking good.
    – HedgeMage
    Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 18:33
  • I quite like the captcha and 404 images. Haven't been able to trigger an error though ;)
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 21:25
  • Came as a lovely surprise on my Android phone. Worked fine and looks great.
    – Gary
    Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 22:01
  • @ChrisF you can go there manually: programmers.stackexchange.com/error
    – Jin
    Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 0:38
  • @Jin - another thing I didn't know. Thanks. The image is good too - evoking SO's error page.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 13:07
  • Hooray! ` ` ` `
    – Mark C
    Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 16:50

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I really like the semi-erased white board background

  • Should be pink-tinged for added realism
    – Nick T
    Commented Dec 16, 2010 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!


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


It's quite harder to read,

at least for me.

  • 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
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 14:35
  • @Rachel - pretty much everything is harder to read. Just somehow does not feel right (for me).
    – Jas
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 17:41
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    ditto.. I'm not a frequent user anymore because it's difficult to read... Commented Jan 18, 2011 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. Commented Dec 17, 2010 at 19:14
  • @Tim: Why don't we keep } Out Of Scope {?
    – Josh K
    Commented Dec 17, 2010 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.
    – Nicole
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 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
    Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 18:41
  • The sunken look at the top reads "disabled" to me. Otherwise, I really like the new design. Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 14:42
  • It seems as though the badges changed...they are now erythrocytes that have not yet undergone anucleation :D
    – Nick T
    Commented Jan 3, 2011 at 16:39

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