I'm Stéphane, a senior product designer at Stack Exchange. First, I wanted to announce that this site is now starting the process of moving out of beta to become a fully-graduated site!
Graduation and Your Site Design
Graduation comes with a few perks, which should come out over the next couple weeks:
- You will soon have an election for community-voted moderators.
- You will no longer see the "beta" label attached to your site's name.
- You will become eligible for question migration paths with the rest of the network.
- You will soon be able to select your own community ads.
I have already begun work on your site's design, which will give you your own unique theme that reflects the community's topic and culture. This will help brand your site as unique, even while you share common elements with other sites that show you are part of a bigger Stack Exchange family.
Once the design goes up, you will receive a link in the footer of other sites in the network, along with the ability to migrate content to and from other sites — and the acclaim of a public launch that says, Congratulations, you finally made it!
After going through the top questions of this site, it was time to find a strong icon which could stand on its own. To do so, I had to dig into the meaning of "Puzzling" and think about how we'd represent it with a shape. Two categories and ideas came out of this exercise:
I believe those 2 paths capture the overall themes of our "Puzzling" community, but it was hard to keep only one, so I decided to give it a try and create a unique shape using both:
Regarding the logo environment, I kept some of the same themes (discover and mystery) and came up with a pattern which conveys "a few clues within a thousand pieces of evidence" (the light pieces represent the clues).
The site will use the pattern described above and a contrasted background in the header. This background conveys discovering (putting the light on something).
We believe the design and branding will work very well for this community, it’s unique and capture the correct mood. We’d love to hear your feedback, and if there are no major design changes, we’ll launch the new site design and graduate the site from Beta soon.
Thank you for for making this such a great community!