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 common elements so they feel like they're part of the Stack Exchange family.

Thank you for starting the design discussion early. I found some helpful ideas and links in that post.

This past week I've looked at many Drupal resources out there, including the official Drupal sites. I like the design of Drupal.org. Its clean and simple design works well for a Q&A site like ours.

For the logo I think a variation of the Drupalicon works, because it's universally recognizable by Drupal devs and users. From the history of the logo:

After Drupal was initially developed, thoughts turned to the creation of a logo. Of course the concept would have to include a drop, or water in general.

Since I want to keep the content section of the site minimalist, like Drupal.org's, I think it's appropriate to dress up the header a bit visually for a good balance. A polished logo will be the center piece of the header. Also as a homage to the original logo concept, I'm giving the header a subtle water theme.

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Drupal Stack Exchange design

As you can see, I'm keeping the overall color scheme simliar to the official Drupal.org, but with our own unique identity.

I'd love to hear your feedback. If there are no major design changes, I'd like to launch this site soon to a graduated Stack Exchange site. So an early congratulations from me!

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    Looks great to me! Thank you for your work. – tim.plunkett Aug 15 '11 at 20:07
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    i came across this site a while back thedrupal.com and it is similar in inspiration. I think your comp and this site are a much friendlier and have a more contemporary look/feel than d.o – user842 Aug 15 '11 at 21:08
  • I think it looks great. I like that it looks like Drupal, but still is different. – googletorp Aug 16 '11 at 11:28
  • I cannot wait to get rid of the current graph paper look. it hurts my eyes. – Jukebox Aug 17 '11 at 19:01
  • Looks awesome, thanks! – Laxman13 Aug 19 '11 at 18:57

I really like it: I think you really captured the Drupal feel while still keeping the design separate and unique, if that makes any sense.

Would it make sense to highlight the Ask Question link a little more? On the one hand, I like that it blends in with the other links, emphasizing searching for existing questions before asking another, but on the other, that's the main business of the site and probably could stand to be a little more prominent.

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  • I agree Ask Question link needs to be highlighted somehow. I'll be tweaking it – Jin Aug 15 '11 at 20:53

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