Well established Stack Exchange sites, like Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User and Programmers all have their own logo, and I think this helps give them more of an 'identity'.
Does anyone have any suggestions, concepts or ideas?
Why not do
漢 in a calligraphic style?
I think one character is all we really need. More refinement can go into it to express it's own unique style.
The site will get its logo and design when it comes out of beta. And I am sure SE's designer Jin Yang will do a good job coming up with a design when the time comes.
I think improving the site with quality questions and answers and get more traffic in, so it will graduate sooner is the priority right now. None of the language & usage sites seem to be doing particularly well (except English).
That being said, I have only one request: Please don't make the site too red. I am sure Jin won't do that, but just in case...
I think a calligraphic style like Krazer suggests in his/her answer will do just fine.
I just came across this online seal generator.
As a simple concept, what about selecting some text (i.e.
中文 as suggested by Mr Shiny and New), and using something like this generates? A few samples:
I wasn't expecting this topic to be opened now, since it's very early. But nothing denies us from discussing about it. :D
When I think about China, something that often comes to my mind is the dragon. I think most people identify China with that. I'm not sure this can be applied to the language too, just giving an idea... :)
What about these too? Not a picture but a sketch/simplification of them would do the trick...
I'm going to suggest this because it's the most obvious thing to suggest:
Just take those characters, print them in a nice font, and fit them into a square. Or, since Chinese characters are usually square anyway, any one of these:
中 华 唐 汉
字 文 话 语 言
The current logo is
Cn, I suggest to use
zh as the logo, since it is the ISO 639-1 code of the Chinese languages. In my opinion, this is the most correct and concise logo.