I love it! The images, the fonts, the color palette. I particularly like the hint towards books in the site logo.
My one suggestion has to do with the medals. Not sure how the open triangle shape fits with the theme, and the thin lines make it blend in. I agree partly with what was suggested above... I think the medals should be mortarboards, similar to ...
I don't think there is anything to worry about:
The logos are not exactly identical, there is no copyright or attribution license issue.
It seems pretty clear from Springer's website that this drawing is not a registered trademark.
The image is rather generic and very similar instances can be found on stock design websites:
University image: status-completed
The line weight has been adjusted. When shrinking the image, the weights were too fine and made the image look fuzzy or undefined. We'll get a better weight for them.
Empty space: status-bydesign
It's important to remember that, while there's white space on that page, elements live in those empty ...
Thanks for the design… and soliciting feedback: it's not easy, and you'll sure get lot of helpful yet contradictory advice from all around…
So, while trying to avoid the nefarious “design by committee” effect, here's some of my “gut reaction” to the look:
Very positive first reaction: elegant, clean design… calming effect
My eyes first went to the ...
These are now blue instead of pink.
What's with the pink OP highlighting?
(from this answer.)
On the plus side, the jarringness of the pink has brought my attention that the OP signature gets highlighted in question and answer bylines just like it is in comments, even in the old styling, so there's that.
But why is it such an ...
By default, here are the colors of links from Academia, pulled from the CSS:
The hover color is the red of the leaning book in the logo, which is actually quite noticeable.
Instead of increasing contrast, increasing the saturation by increasing the blue, similar to the cyan that is used in meta, should be ...
I think this is a relatively simple fix—it's the extra padding around the question. However, I also think that the fix shouldn't be to go something quite so dense as Stack Overflow. (Currently, I can fit about 7 questions from Academia.SE on my screen compared to about 10 SO questions in the same space. However, SO seems too crowded in comparison.
I think ...
The line weights have been adjusted. When shrinking the image, the weights were too fine and made the image look fuzzy or undefined. We'll get a better weight for them. Clock face also has hands now!
The line strength for the buildings in the top right is too thick given the shrunk buildings. I acknowledge that it has to be at least one ...
A few comments on the design so far:
The "medals" icons should perhaps be closer to mortarboards, with gold, silver, and bronze tassels.
I would personally prefer a somewhat more assertive font for the main body text.
Because of the abovementioned mortarboards, standard black is also an appropriate "academic-themed" color—as are strong "standard" colors (...
Great work. A few small suggestions:
Reduce the vertical space taken up by each question on question listing pages. It seems that currently (24th April 2014; only about half the number of questions can fit on the screen as beta sites or stack overflow. Perhaps the vertical white space could be dramatically reduced. This is important when you want to quickly ...
The reason is that there are two accounts with the same display name and they both commented under your question. It might be the same user who created two accounts (maybe they lost the credentials of the first account): it's not forbidden.
I added a comment suggesting the possibility to merge the accounts, if they wish.
Thanks for the updates!
I have a singular concern.
I don't know if it's just me, but it appears that question titles now have serif font that is somewhat harder to read, because the characters seem to be wider than those of other StackExchange sites. It's also slightly disorienting as the rest of the page is in a sans serif font.
Probably need other ...
For me the font for regular texts is Open Sans, questions in the question list are in Museo Slab – identified with Opera’s and Firefox’s Inspect Element tool. I strongly suspect (but cannot verify it right now) that this is loaded as a web font¹, so it should be the same for you, as long as your browser supports web fonts. PS: Looking at your screenshot, it ...
When I look at the two screenshots side by side, I prefer the academia spacing. All in all, it is remarkable how much more pleasing to my eye the academia format is than the SO format: some really nice work was done in the design of our site.
It looks to me that the height of each question could be slightly reduced, perhaps to the point of being able to ...
This header doesn't exactly look great:
It seems like the title should only go as far as the divider between the question and the right bar. Right now, it doesn't seem like it's part of the same element. And, with two-line titles like this one, there's a lot of awkward empty space.
I just noticed a layout bug (?) on FF 26.0 (running Ubuntu):
The green box indicating an accepted answer is badly positioned; the text should be vertically centered:
I notice that your screenshots above look more like this than the bad one above, so maybe it's a platform-specific thing?
Very small point. I think of the clock tower as a quintessential icon of university campuses and in the design it captures my vision, which is a good thing. When the sky line is presented in a circular fashion the position of the clock tower at 2:00 invokes thoughts of the Mars gender symbol for males. I would suggest rotating the skyline so that the clock ...
An alternative to reinforcing the visual divider (making it bold would do wonders) would be to have the questions and answers alternate between white and perhaps the beige in the logo/header bar. Optionally the question itself could have a 3rd distinct colour. This makes delineation (e.g. whether you are reading a very long question/comment string or the ...
My suspicion is that this is not an Academia issue, but a browser or Yosemite issue. If I examine the same page in Safari or Google, I get a very different appearance than when I try to view the site in Firefox (for instance). I personally find the text in Firefox easier to read, as it is "heavier" and stands out better against the background.
Accessibility issue: I'm wearing glasses but have generally very good eye-sight with them. However, since recently I'm finding it hard to read the titles in the list of questions on the front page. I can only imagine how bad it is for people with poor eye-sight. The blue seems to be an even lighter color than on the Stack Overflow front page.
You should ...