Hi all,

As you can see, the new design went live, congratulations on the official launch!

If you see any CSS/Styling issues, please start a new question for the bug report, and tag it with "Design" and "Bug." It will be a lot easier for me to track new questions than reading the comments replied to this thread. A note for IE6/IE7, while we try to make sure the site is functional for people using older browsers, we don't support them to the point of pixel perfectness.

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Some tweaks I changed from the original mockup posted: I changed meta text to sans serif, also the comment text too. I agree with @nohat that a combination of modern and old may suit the site better. I've also changed some link colors to be more consistent.

Thank you for your helpful design input, and also thanks to Alex for a great design. Congrats again!

P.S. I'll be hanging out in the English Chat room this week on and off. Feel free to send me feedback there too(although I still prefer bug reports to be posted here on Meta). The English chat room's theme design has been updated as well.

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    Wah. Just noticed that the rank privileges are now at non-beta levels, so I've lost a few abilities. Sniff.
    – Marthaª
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 22:44
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    WOW! What a beautiful awesome design! Thanks, Jin! Please do not listen to @Kyle. I like the caps in the title.
    – Geoffrey
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 8:30
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    Just wanted to add a link to our lovely 404 image by John Tenniel.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 11:56

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A little late to the game, here, but I love the new design!


I would request a minor change: the "accepted" checkmark does not contrast enough with the accept-trigger-checkmark (the checkmark you click on to mark an answer as accepted). On my LCD screen, and with my minor colour-blindness, these two are indistinguishable. I think the "accepted" mark should stand out more, either by being a brighter colour or a darker shade.

  • @MrShiny, I'll tweak the contrast, thanks!
    – Jin
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 15:14
  • @Jin: Thanks! It's nice when feedback is acknowledged :) Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 16:49
  • @MrShiny, is this a problem on both the parent site and the meta site?
    – Jin
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 17:16
  • @jin: I posted a question (meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/425) which expands on this topic. Can you post an answer there so that I can try accepting it? It won't let me accept my own. Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 17:46

Any chance of getting a typeface for questions that isn't quite so hard to read? The extreme contrast between heavy and lightweight strokes produces pretty bad aliasing and jagged edges at 1024x768.

I'm sure an antique-y font was chosen for the aesthetic it provides, but it is impacting readability.

EDIT: ClearType fixes the issue. Thanks for the pointer!

Otherwise, thanks for the great work!

  • The text looks quite readable to me. It might help to post a screen capture.
    – Marthaª
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 22:25
  • can you tell me what OS/ver/browser you're on? I've tested in both OSX and Win7 the text seems quite readable to me. BTW, if you're on Windows, do you have ClearType turned on? microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/step1.aspx
    – Jin
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 22:28
  • Oh, man, does ClearType make a difference. That's what I get for assuming it was on by default on not-my-main-computer.
    – res
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 22:35
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    know what you mean. Even though I found the fonts perfectly readable already, I checked and I hadn't had ClearType turned on. Turned it on, and hoo boy, talk about improvement.
    – Marthaª
    Commented Nov 22, 2010 at 22:41

I find it a bit strange that a website dedicated to the proper use of English would choose a font that displays in all caps, it feels like the website is shouting at me. :(

I love the font used in the comments, and Georgia is really a stain for the eyes (in my personal opinion) and it does kind of go against proper English use when everything is capitalised.

I'd love to see that change, but I might be the only one..


After some careful checking, I've discovered that the Georgia font on my computer is in fact NOT the correct Georgia:

incorrect font screenshot

So my apologies on your choice of font, the real one is very, very nice and I give a 100% thumbs up to the new design! :)

  • -1. I like the CAPS in the heading.
    – Geoffrey
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 8:28
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    I'm not talking about the heading, that's fine, that's great! the actual font of the website! The on eused in questions and answers!
    – Kyle
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 8:31
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    Heh, I had to edit, please read edit :)
    – Kyle
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 10:18
  • @kyle, np. I am curious about what OS you're using. I thought Georgia is one of the safest font to use for web since it comes with most OSes?
    – Jin
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 15:15
  • @Kyle Sevenoaks, I can see why you were less-than-thrilled with the redesign if that's what you were (are?) seeing.
    – Marthaª
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 15:38
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    I have since fixed the error, I am using Windows 7. It was a practical joke from my colleagues, very funny!
    – Kyle
    Commented Nov 23, 2010 at 16:02

I thoroughly enjoy how heavy handed usage of the quotation tick results in a rather garish, visually frightening answer/question.

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