A bit over a month ago, I presented y'all with the design we'd created for this community, and asked for some feedback. The response wasn't the most positive one, and some of the things we heard from you in Meta and in chat — aside from the things that fall in the tiny tweaks bucket — were that the design didn't represent the community and didn't feel anime-y.
Now, as I mentioned in an edit on the previous post, our current rollout plan for new designs on the network involves simpler designs — think more Blender, Travel, or Puzzling, and less Worldbuilding. But everyone here is pretty much aware of the fact that capturing the feel of anime and manga in a single, cohesive design is not an easy task to undertake — I mean, there's a reason why this particular community, of all the communities in the network, has been waiting for a design for something like five and a half years now, having other communities "jump the queue" to get theirs.
So, given all of the above, we decided to take a step back to evaluate our options... like, way way way back: as far back as November '13! Since then, when the first time someone from the company (you may remember Jin popping into chat to talk about it, if you've been around for long enough) publicly stated that we'd be getting a design, the idea had always been to commission an artist with experience in the style to execute this site's design. So we got in touch with someone with experience in the field, and will be getting a custom made design from 'em, that should be ready by early next month! ^_^
So, with that background outta the way, here's what you need to know:
- The ideas we gathered are still gonna be the ones to inspire this new design, along with the feedback provided to the design that I announced a month back;
- Given that this'll be a design generated outside our usual process, once it's rolled out we'll only be doing any styling tweaks, or fixing egregious issues we somehow miss before then;
- The logo will still be an in-house production, and Lisa has tweaked it as per some of the feedback given in the previous post. While we're still figuring out how to differentiate the Main and Meta logos, here's a preview of it after tweaking it as per this piece of feedback:
It's been a long wait, I know... but we're getting there! Thanks for the patience and the feedback, and I'm really looking forward to getting your final design in front of you! :D