This is a suggestion for a different icon instead of that zap with a circle around it you are currently proposing. A real electrical engineering symbol would be better.
I suggest a transistor:
The above was a quick hack using my Eagle symbol for a NPN transistor with a circle slapped around it. The lines can be fattened up and moved around a bit ...
In terms of an Icon which is a real electrical/electronics symbol, maybe something like this would work - a nice MOSFET symbol. This seems to be the most popular of the three ideas I had
Just for the fun of it, the MOSFET icon also works as a favicon if needed, though I think the current one should be kept, I like the current IC favicon! (Test ...
I updated the font family for:
to "Verdana, "Bitstream Vera Sans", "DejaVu Sans", Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif" (the font stack chooses the 1st one, if you don't have it it goes to the 2nd and so on.)
It should fix this issue for everyone, here is an example: Il1 & CEIlIllIl45....
Links have returned to being blue. ~Catija
Colors have changed, and not for the better. For some reason, names and certain clickable links are now bright orange-red (and in some cases, underlined) instead of the much more subtle blue.
Given that the site in general uses red to indicate things that need attention, this is way too much ...
Whatever else you do, please please give us a font where the digits aren't all scrambled vertically!
For reference, here is what they currently look like: 0123456789. Yucc!
In case the font gets changed, here's a screen shot showing what it looked like in IE on 30 Sep 2015 (again, yucc):
status-completed I pushed a fix, it will be live after our next production build.
Couple of graphical things which will get annoying.
The vote arrows don't line up with their sticks - its off by a pixel (which doesn't sound a lot, but for something which is only 20 pixels wide it is quite noticeable!). It's probably just because the point of the arrow is ...
Please make the "magnifying glass" icon in the search box visible without requiring user to click there.
Currenlty the SVG icon iconSearch is hidden unless the user finds the search box and clicks there. If the user never notices the word "search" then the icon never becomes visible, and many users need to see that icon to notice the search field. The ...
I updated the favicon, it will be live after our next production build.
Minor problem, but a little bit annoying is that the background of the new icon is not transparent.
It can be observed:
in the flair, where other icons have transparent background:
and in a browser's tab:
A few things that should be considered in a new font:
make 1lI all look distinct
make O0o hard to mix up
I like Olins suggestion, though I would prefer a mosfet symbol. This makes it more recognizable for people that have at least a bit background, but harder for people that have none at all. With the "zap" symbol I would be afraid people ask anything ...
I dislike the left menu bar. It's a hug waste of space for tabs that almost NEVER get pressed. This is particularly bad on small tablet screens (I know -- there's an app, but it's pretty useless IMO).
I understand that vertical space, the way it used to be, is also valuable. Perhaps the new bar needs to be collapsible.
I didn't see this question earlier, and noticed this whole issue when you apparently inflicted the new design on us yesterday afternoon.
The immediate problem was that the browser window needed to be much wider than previously. That's obnoxious. Previously I could leave the browser window alone. It was sized so that another specific app could fit next to ...
This indicates how many votes you have cast this month and this week.
Why the number of votes for a month smaller than the number of votes for the week? That's because the month is 2 days old and the week is 4 days old, at the moment of writing.
The vast majority of the site is text.
I believe their is research which indicates that serif faces are easier to read for bulk text than sans serif faces.
Sans Serif is good for titles and labels.
So the two examples both work for me, but don't actually illustrate enough of the new look to make a decision.
The example doesn't show the 'All ...
Something like this is probably do-able. We have some horizontal distance limitations for small screens (remember this is responsive design that needs to work on everything from phone screens to 4K monitors) so there's a max width for the logo. This is less of an issue with the words stacked but it looks like we may be able to get some ...
You can't tell what the favicon is on a non-retina screen nearly as easily as other comparable favicons. On most screens, it looks like a small red dot at a comfortable reading distance. For example, compare the screenshot size of the identifying features of the new favicon to other random sites. (Chrome, but it appears in Chrome Mobile and FireFox as well):
Here are my thoughts:
I think it would be useful, however I don't know that it would be worth pursuing because it may not get enough site traffic or be able to pass through Area 51. One would have to build enough of a community to pass through these hurdles.
In safari on a retina display the small icon is off-centre:
Not sure about other machines.
As for icons, some from here: https://icons8.com/web-app/category/all/Industry
My personal criticisms:
The logo is unbalanced. The centre of gravity of the diode icon is in the lower half, while the centre of gravity of the words is in the upper half.
Echoing what Voltage Spike said, I don't think it would have enough traffic to survive as a standalone site. However, we do see design review questions here, and when asked with proper scope and detail, they seem to be generally acceptable.
No. This site is not for product recommendations. We refer to such requests as shopping questions and close them. Sometimes we also downvote them to oblivion since this is one of the things clearly spelled out in the site rules. People attempting to ask shopping questions obviously just barged in here and blurted out their question without bothering to ...
You can't use SE and sue somebody else (well I supposed you could, but you wouldn't get very far). If your reading an SE page, your making SE's terms and an agreement. See here: Any legal exposure from answering questions?
There are other ways that you could get into legal trouble, like posting code that isn't yours or infringe on a patent.
Secondly even ...