Some quick notes based on the feedback provided here and in chat:
On the original feedback gathering post Catija left a really relevant link that I failed to put in a more conspicuous location, which coulda helped in managing expectations for this — I'm sorry about that, really! The comments links to this MSE post, in which it's made clear that future site designs are not gonna have the level of detail that sites like Worldbuilding have, but instead more in the lines of the Blender, Travel, or Puzzling sites' designs. Having said that: this design actually probably has way more elements than any of the upcoming site designs will.
It's obvious not everyone will be happy with what we come up with, but given the feedback we gathered in the idea gathering post and the constraints the above puts in place, I feel like our designer did a good job trying to incorporate most of the thoughts y'all put into that post: the design is simple, yes, but its atmosphere feels anime-esque to me. Again, not everyone will be happy, but if there are small tweaks that could make it look better, they're welcome, and we'll try to incorporate 'em into the final design!
And if you have any questions, feel free to ask 'em too :)
Earlier last month, we collected some new ideas for the site design. You suggested that the design be simple, picturesque, and representative of the anime and manga culture.
It's been a long time coming and I’m excited to share what the design team came up with for our community! \o/ You can see it live in the site now (along with updated reputation thresholds), but here are some screenshots too:
As it was brought up in the previous meta post, our designer also created a variation of the community logo with the original sources of inspiration in mind.
We know, again, that coming up with a design that represents the Anime & Manga community as a whole is not an easy task, but we hope this design is reflective of the community without focusing on any specific niches.
We hope that you love the design we build in this phase but we expect some minor adjustments may be necessary. So you have have any feedback, please let us know.