👋 I’m Simon, a designer at Stack Overflow and I’ve been tasked with designing a custom theme for this community. I’ve looked at your ideas in this former post, and came up with a design I hope fits you all well. A few key points and major themes I took from your comments and looking at popular posts here:

  • You want something clean and simple to convey “clear insights from messy data”.
  • You want to be different in colors and imagery from similar SE sites.
  • You guys love graphs and data.
  • Inspiring keywords: Modern, big data, neural networks, diagrams, histograms, machine learning, insights.

Primary color scheme

Primary Palette

I used picular.co to find patterns of color using keywords from data science. Results were mostly hues of blue with a few appearances of purple, orange and green.


Data Science Logo

The logo icon is a flask containing intersecting circles. Concocting data into graphs! Thanks for the idea suggested in the previous post.

The typography is a custom font based on Gugi which I retraced to more closely look like intersecting lines. I used a different set of colors for the dots to represent the colorful graphs in data visualization, analytics and the likes.



Page Design

Home page

Question page

The background contains some mathematical and data analysis references.

Special illustrations

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We hope you enjoy this design, but if something doesn’t feel right, now is your chance to share your feedback. This window for feedback will be open one week. We will then work to incorporate feedback as best as we can, finalize things on our end, and lastly, deliver the design to your site.

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    $\begingroup$ Great! Love the typography. $\endgroup$
    – oW_
    Jun 14, 2022 at 20:03
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    $\begingroup$ As minor as it is, I really love the 404 error: downtrending chart "breaking" and leaking out of the flask, amazing. Very nice overall! $\endgroup$
    – Ben Reiniger Mod
    Jun 16, 2022 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ How long will it take for the design to go live? $\endgroup$
    – oW_
    Jun 23, 2022 at 17:17
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    $\begingroup$ @oW_ - won't be long now. :). Couple of days at the most, I suspect. $\endgroup$
    – Philippe StaffMod
    Jun 28, 2022 at 7:02
  • $\begingroup$ Awesome work :D $\endgroup$
    – Adept
    Jul 5, 2022 at 10:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Philippe any reason for the delay? can't wait to see the new design :) $\endgroup$
    – oW_
    Jul 23, 2022 at 3:40
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    $\begingroup$ @oW_ Good question. I'm not sure. Let me see what I can find out. $\endgroup$
    – Philippe StaffMod
    Jul 25, 2022 at 0:23
  • $\begingroup$ The final design is now live! See this post for more details: New design launched $\endgroup$
    – V2Blast
    Aug 10, 2022 at 18:21


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