Hi Guys,

We just launched the new design for the Math site. Grats, and thank you for your design feedback.

A few changes I made from the original design mock up I showed you, per on your input:

  • Moved logo left to the type in header.
  • Removed "∴" from accepted answer background. I used a "✓" instead.
  • Restyled badges to look more generic and theme fitting.
  • Changed question title link to blue(more like Beta's) instead of dark red.

I also created 404 and Captcha images based on your ideas. I still need to do the Error one.

I didn't get to put in as many "mathy elements" as I originally intended to. But I also didn't want to do it for the sake of doing it, and get in the way of usability and the clean design. If you can think of more ways to improve the design, please let me know.

If you see any CSS/styling issues, please create a new post for the bug report. Tag it with "Design" and "Bug" so I can track them easily.


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    $\begingroup$ Thanks again for your work! The new design looks good. I still have some suggestions I'll post when I have time, but for now I'd like to quickly bring this thread to your attention: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/944/… ...Actually, I think that goes for a lot of text on the site; it's very light in colour. $\endgroup$
    – user856
    Oct 25, 2010 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ I like it! I notified a little bug. $\endgroup$
    – leonbloy
    Oct 25, 2010 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Jin: I can no longer easily read anything with the change to smaller fonts (which also appears to affect LaTeX). This also messes up carefully cratfted formatting in many posts. Was there some need to switch? This comment regards the main site, not meta. $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2010 at 20:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Bill are you talking about the font-size in the question and answer body text? $\endgroup$
    – Jin
    Oct 25, 2010 at 20:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Jin: The blue titles look better than the prior red, but they're extremely washed-out/fuzzy on my laptop lcd. The "votes" and "views" fields on the questions page are so faint that they're hard to read. $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2010 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ Looks nice; it's a clean design. Where's the favicon, out of curiosity? $\endgroup$
    – Noldorin
    Oct 25, 2010 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Jin: Yes the smaller fonts and change of fonts in answers; it also appears to similarly shrink LaTeX rendered items (comparing before and after for the same answer). $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2010 at 20:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Noldorin they're deployed, but chances are cached by your browser. you can go to sstatic.net/math/img/favicon.ico and sstatic.net/mathmeta/img/favicon.ico and hard refresh there. $\endgroup$
    – Jin
    Oct 25, 2010 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Jin: Ah, but of course. Cheers for that. $\endgroup$
    – Noldorin
    Oct 25, 2010 at 20:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Jin: Particularly troublesome with the smaller LaTeX rendering are exponents and subscripts - they are now illegible in many instances. $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2010 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ Bill i have bumped up the text size in question/answer post body. the change will be in the next deployment. $\endgroup$
    – Jin
    Oct 25, 2010 at 20:39
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    $\begingroup$ @Jin: Thanks for the font bump. In the question page, the gravatar and modifcation time are needlessly causing the question to consume too much height - with much wasted whitespace. Could they be laid out horizontally, perhaps below the votes,answers,views (also horizontally), so to get more questions displayed per page. There is too much wasted whitespace currently, esp given that most modern displays are widescreen format. This would allow one to peruse an entire question in a single horizontal eyescan, vs. the up-and-down and back-and-forth eye scanning needed to scan it as is. $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2010 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Jin: The recent badges column stands out too much compared to other more important elements. Does anyone even pay any attention to recent badges? When in-view it draws one's eye away from the more-important questions column because it is so bold. $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2010 at 22:00
  • $\begingroup$ @bill all sites' css themes use Stackoverflow's HTML. If you wish to have it removed, you can put in a feature request on meta.stackoverflow.com $\endgroup$
    – Jin
    Oct 25, 2010 at 22:02
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    $\begingroup$ Is this behavior on a user page intentional? $\endgroup$ Oct 26, 2010 at 0:06


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