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First of all, whohooo! This is great news! Thanks for the design, it does look good and I'm very much looking forward to it. I do, however, agree with @fileunderwater that most of the icons used are more about chemistry than biology. Specifically, of the various icons used, I would only identify the ones shown below as being "biological" as opposed to "...


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Comments to Edit 2: This is a much better design, and a more accurate representation of biology. Good job! However, I still feel that too much emphasis is placed on the destillation setup(?), since it is repeated, and this space could be used more constructively. Personally, I would also like to see multicellular organisms (plant, animal, fungi etc). Good ...


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If you search through the meta of most graduated Area 51 sites you'll find a thread like this one posted by one of our designers. They'll work up a design concept and submit it to the community for feedback. Frequently, part of the process involves the designer hanging out on meta and reading any suggestions that have been made previously, so you are ...


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Great effort but, I see a few illustrations being repeated. How about we remove the duplicates and put in some chromosomes? Drosophila? A macrophage at work? If you want to draw molecules well then draw an ATP then. That's much more relavant. At that size, the phylogenetic tree is barely recognizable, I'd suggest an increase in its dimensions and decrease in ...


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This dimethylnapthalene doesn't really occur in biological systems as far as I can tell, it's not a molecule one would associate with biology. There's also a superfluous line near it in the bottom left, this looks a bit like it is meant as a double-bond, which would be an impossible structure. Molecules should never touch any other parts that aren't ...


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My Opinion: I Love the new logo, and have to agree with it, as the DNA is one thing that can be represented in the restrictions by the SE design philosophy very easily. Not a big fan of the coloured background though.I like my text on a white parchment background with a coloured header for the page, but then again, its just me. Biology: We all must ...


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It looks strange that the main site header (ie the logo) is smaller than the sub-header "Top Questions". Compare with the old design. When viewing individual questions, the same applies to their titles. I prefer the darker greens of the old design. The new design looks washed out / faded. The "Top Questions" text is almost black. Too black. Nearly all other ...


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Whoohoottt!! Great news!!!!!!!!! I think many people deserve big kudos for their patience and dedication. The current design is very pretty and I heavily like the calm colors and yes, green is great. However, I have to agree with others that the symbols look more like an organic-chemistry lab, and not as Biology. I think that, given the relative ...


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RE: EDIT 02 The newer design looks a bit more better, but I personally feel it contains way too many beakers, test tubes and other chemistry stuff. I personally feel it is not organic enough, and hence not "biology", if that makes sense. I am not an artist, but I did a mock up using your base design and added in a few more elements. The first thing you see ...


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What I like The palette is spot on and the double helix logo is, if not a bit obvious, very on point. The biochemistry is well represented artistically and the 404 three eyed fish is very humorous! What else I would try Shift the focus from organic chemistry to model organisms like bacteria and flies if they can be made to match the style. The evolution of ...


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For illustrations: Classic model organisms (to name a few) Drosophila Yeast Mice C. elegans Arabidopsis Zebra fish here are some little illustrations I often use in fly talks: And drosophila chromosomes: Illustration of Fishers geometric model of adaptation (and this link for a more proper diagram) Other ideas: The DNA should be "inspired" by the ...


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Regarding the edited version: I think (A, B, C, E, G) all feel too chemistry related - one or two of these things is fine, (though the distillation flask [G], condenser [coming out of the distiller], & test tubes [C] feels too far towards chemistry for me). There is a lot of microscopic stuff, biology covers more than molecular and cellular biology. Is ...


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RE: EDIT 02: I love the neuron - THANKS!! But I agree with @Bio_geek24 that the triple-repeated images are still kind of organic chemistry: Erlenmeyers, heat exchangers and even test tubes are rarely encountered in a Bio Lab. It would be OK when shown once, but they do dominate the scene. Sorry for being nitpicky but I'm just trying to help. Just to ...


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People seem to dislike benzene as a badge icon because it is not common in biology. I guess they haven't heard of tyrosine but, in any event, I do agree that it looks out of place. How about a simple protein model to replace it? I'm not sure why I used that colour scheme since badges are actually gold, silver and bronze on a black background, but the idea ...


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Great design. The color scheme is nice and subtle. I had always liked the pictures from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur. I'm not sure if someone still owns the copyright. Perhaps a line art rendering of one of the illustrations may be a good idea (tribute to Haeckel as well).             &...


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These are some great news. While I like the overall color scheme, I am not so convinced by the actual design. The site logo (which is also used for the badges) is a pretty "edgy" design, I would prefer something more round and "biological" here. Others have also mentioned the rather chemical design of the stickers, besides technical stuff like microscopes ...


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I'm not a fan of the changes to the design, but I like the changes to the behaviour when window size is modified. tl;dr: Please leave the design as it is and just modify the resizing behaviour. The only visual aspect that I like about the new design is that the top bar stretches wider (but why does the Search box stay the same size?). All other visual ...


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It's OK, but: The background design has lost its contrast and is indeed faded as stated by one of our rocks on this site, canadianer; Something that has been bothering me for a long time (i.e., not just in this new theme) - on many displays, especially pc monitors, the yellow-highlighted questions (favorited tags etc) are barely discernable from the '...


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I think the design could be still improved. We could We could make the illustration more colorful. Such as instead only one color; we could choose some other colors in combinations. Here are some suggestions from web-colors list $$\begin{array}{c|c|c|c|c}\hline \textbf{Reds} & \textbf{Yellows} & \textbf{greens}& \textbf{blues}& \textbf{...


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My current thoughts: I agree with other responses that the new Ask Question button location is, well, silly given all the "wasted" white space it generates. 80% of my navigation on the site is via the buttons (Questions, Tags, Users,....Ask Question) currently found on the main site header (i.e., on the green background), so removal of those buttons would ...


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I have just pushed a fix to give the logo a lighter background color, so you have a chance of seeing it. This will go out with the next chat build (some time today). Thanks for pointing it out!


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