My name is Paweł, I’m a product designer at Stack Exchange. I’m super happy for you, because the process of graduation has begun! This site will be out of beta very soon. Congratulations to all of you!
Graduation and Your Site Design
Graduation comes with a few perks. We’ve already begun work on your site's design, which will give you your own unique theme that reflects your topic, culture & community. This will help brand your site as unique, even while you share common elements with other sites that show you are part of a bigger Stack Exchange family.
There’s another big thing - once your site goes up, you will receive a link in the footer of other sites in the network, along with the ability to migrate content to and from other sites – and the notoriety of a public launch that says, “Congratulation, you finally made it!”.
The idea behind this design was simple: create something that fits Your Community. A community of builders, engineers, and fans. A community of people who can go to a garage and build an Iron Man suit. A community of people who can build and program a working computer while on a lunch break. And so on, and so on… There’s a lot of fascinating stories behind your community. And there’s one thing in common — Raspberry Pi. That little green board which opens entire new world for you and other people and release endless source of creativity to build something amazing.
I’ve also been reading tons of questions here recently, and I have to say that you’re a cool community - very friendly, chilled out, happy, and fun. We wanted to emphasize those values.
So yes, many stories are glued together with a Raspberry Pi board. That’s why this board became a symbolic theme for your site design.
Green - obviously. We’ve also added some red/pink from Raspberry Pi logo to remember the roots, where it all begun.
Logo & Identity
We didn’t want to reuse the existing Raspberry Pi logo. We did want to include two visuals that best fit this community:
- Raspberry which symbolizes community roots and the device which is a foundation for everything you build.
- Circuit boards which are the main theme of the site.
Here are some examples of how it can be used elsewhere to strengthen the visual identity.
Overall Site Design
Here’s what you were waiting for…
We believe the design and branding work very well for this community, it’s unique and capture the right mood. We’d love to hear your feedback, and if there are no major design changes, we’ll launch the new site design and graduate the site from Beta soon.