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Based on this question, it looks like we might want to have some discussion about the design for the site after moving from beta. I thought I'd take a stab at some ideas for the favicon, that little logo that goes next to the questions on the right side of the page. I saw that most of the favicons are boring. In response I made this image, note I am not a designer and the 16 by 16 pixel limit makes it hard for me to make something actually look like what it is.

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I have a DNA double helix, a Beta sheet, an alpha helix, and red blood cell. The blood cell is the only one that looks decent from a distance.

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Good idea for discussion, and maybe something we should start thinking about. However, personally, I find these suggestions too connected to certain subfields of biology to be suitable for BioSE as a whole (but maybe that's just me as an ecologist talking).

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  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, finding 1 thing that represents all of biology is difficult. $\endgroup$ – user137 Dec 9 '14 at 14:53
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    $\begingroup$ Well I think DNA has become a symbol of biology (to general public). It may not represent all of biology but it is the most popular symbol no doubt. It is possible to make a good SVG picture of DNA. $\endgroup$ – WYSIWYG Dec 11 '14 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ @WYSIWYG If DNA is a symbol of biology as a whole, and the most popular one, is arguable. But it is definately difficult to find something that covers all. However, I would prefer something that indicates processes at multiple scales/levels and not only something specifically low-level/reductionistic, e.g. something that captures multiple levels or hierarchy of life. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Dec 11 '14 at 13:20
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    $\begingroup$ @fileunderwater Such a thing would be suitable for background; cant fit in an icon. I also like some pictures from Haeckel's kunstformen der natur $\endgroup$ – WYSIWYG Dec 13 '14 at 5:21

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