Hi all. I'm Jin and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, all sites will share quite a bit of common elements so they feel like they're part of the Stack Exchange family.
In the past few months, we have received emails from users who expressed that they would like to keep the current "Sketchy" theme for the final Math site. We were told it's a fitting theme for Math because of the grid paper and its simplicity. We like the Sketchy theme too, but it's only for Beta sites.
For the final theme, my goal is to have a simple and clean look, but at the same time the design should reflect math and academia. The visual elements should be subtle so they don't overwhelm the content.
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As you can see it's a simple and functional design. I used a different grid paper pattern for the background, and it should remind you of the Beta theme. I believe the serif typeface on the header and questions work well for the academic look. (The math equations on the current site are set in serif).
I made the logo section large and prominent. I feel this centered masthead treatment provides a good balance to the clean body section, and also gives the site a publication feel. As for the logo, I was inspired by WolfamAlpha's rhomic hexecontahedron and the Penrose Triangle. The geometry shape goes well with the serif typeface.
I wanted to add subtle math related elements to aid the visuals. I was careful to not over- do it incase it made the site look cheesy.
Stats box[votes, answers, views], I put a very subtle matrix bracket around it. I kept the coloring very faint, so when repeated across multiple rows they won't make the site look boxy.
Accepted answer background. "∴" is the math notation for "therefore." I thought it's fitting for the accepted answer. Not having a solid color for background also keeps the site airy.
Badges: geometric shapes. The full badge is a mini black chalk board. the badge-tag version will be a green board.
After researching on the math topic for the design process, I really would love to have more homage to famous equations and theorems. I wanted to include Euler's Identity somewhere but failed to do so. I originally had Euler's polyhedrons as main nav link graphics to go with the text. But they made the design look busy.
Researching on math reminds me of how beautiful math is. I've been a long time fan of math since grade school. I think the execution of this design works with the goal I had in mind. The visuals are there to aid the feeling, while not overwhelming the cleanness. Please let me know what you think.
And early congrats on graduating Beta. Thank you for your patience.