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Chinese.SE has been around for over 10 years; back in 2019 it graduated from beta (along with 28 other sites). There's been a bit of a wait for site design, i.e., professionally designed banners, icons, etc. Like the sites for English, English Language Learners, and Japanese. While it's not our turn yet, at some point it will be, and we'll likely get a post like this one at Spanish.SE asking for our input.

Question: What would you want the site's design to include (and not include)?

I'm hoping there's some value in bringing this up now, then coming back to it at a later date to see if we still have the same opinions. (Remember that time a 永 favicon was highly upvoted, and subsequently was massively outvoted by 漢.)

I remember bringing up a related topic over at Islam.SE, and I found the negative feedback particularly useful: how not to design the site. "Don't do [foo] because it'll alienate some portion of the userbase." E.g. I'm fairly sure we want to avoid cross-straight politics, and any kind of implicit recognition of some country's standard at the expense of another country's. We must also bear in mind copyright issues.

I'd like to begin with how I really like Reddit's r/ChineseLanguage design.


Specifically what's on the table:

This is likely to depend on the specific design work so I can't make any promises. That said, the areas of focus for our designers include:

  • Logo and wordmark (the name of the site laid out in a thematic font). These are the primary branding elements for the design and will be visible in the banner, chat rooms, and wherever the site icon is visible now.
  • Thematic banner/footer image, color, gradient or pattern.
  • Thematic background color, gradient, or pattern.
  • Customized colors for titles, links, buttons, etc.
  • Matching greyscale Meta design.
  • Chat design.
  • Badges - possible but not promised.
  • 404 Page - possible but not promised.

--- Catija, 25 May 2022.


If it helps, I made a mock-up of something I think might be suitable:

Mock up shows (a) light red background; (b) left has an outline of Chinese dragons, modified from https://pixabay.com/vectors/dragon-tattoo-chinese-colorful-154565/ (listed as "Free for commercial use "); (c) write has some of my handwriting; (d) the logo is a calligraphic 漢, and next to it is Chinese Language written in a cursive font; (e) the badge icons are 章; (f) the Ask Question button is red (same as at Japanese.SE)

Maybe it's too pink, but I worry about it otherwise being too red. (I feel like a dragon image, or maybe a phoenix, would look really cool.) Actually, maybe "jade" is another good choice of color.

It seems Spanish.SE is getting a similar design with a text gradient.


I wonder if changing the up and down vote arrows to 上 (up) and 下 (down) is a possibility:

mock-up of up and down vote arrows replaced by 上 and 下

Edit: Ah, it seems this is not possible (as mentioned at French.SE).

...the current theming level is unsustainable, we're going to have to disappoint here. In addition, things like voting and favorite buttons are a core part of the Q&A experience that should be shared across the network. It was a mistake that we ever allowed for those to be themed...
Joe Friend

A while back, we mentioned changing the name of "Community": What's a suitable Chinese name for the Community bot?. I think "Community 社群" might be an option.

Oh, and hopefully we can also update the Chinese.SE Twitter: (Update the Chinese.SE Twitter icon from “Cn” to 漢?).


By the way, I'm not sure if this helps, but the character 漢 can be sourced from the Make me a Hanzi (github) project (in graphics.txt):

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or as a SVG:

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It looks like this:

漢

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  • Somehow this question does not seem to get a lot of inputs and votes, but I also think we need to have some sort of theme here.
    – 王博龙
    Jul 30, 2023 at 19:18
  • Also suggestion: Use a different color than just regular blue, for the topic list.
    – 王博龙
    Jul 30, 2023 at 19:19

2 Answers 2

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my humble advices:

  1. dark mode, please :)

  2. if the site need a background image, use classical text in seal script, like

enter image description here

  1. if possible, hire a professional to design 😼
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    I believe dark mode is a separate discussion, and yes, when it's time, it'll be professionally designed based on feedback, like these sites.
    – Becky 李蓓 Mod
    Jul 14, 2022 at 2:18
  • Is it possible to have different designs in light/dark modes?
    – 王博龙
    Jul 30, 2023 at 19:20
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This color space looks nice: https://www.schemecolor.com/chinese-red.php. There might be more like this but I think these colors are much more representative than the current blue color.

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