I’m Courtny, senior product designer at Stack Overflow! I’m super happy for this community, because we have started on your site's design.
Your Site Design
The idea of the design is a reflection of the Blender site's subject and culture. This will help brand your site as unique, even while you share common elements with other sites as part of the bigger Stack Exchange family.
For the Blender site design and branding, we wanted to integrate a number of the great community ideas as well as give this site a unique presence on the network. We looked for inspiration that was simple and true to the Blender brand and product. We've gathered some artwork we found online for setting up a mood board.
Overall, we wanted to stay true to the Blender brand colors that the community is familiar with.
For the logo, you can see that we have created a glyph and word mark combination inspired heavily by the official Blender logo (Shout out to gandalf3 for suggesting such a good concept!). The original logo is iconic to the community, and with the additional tweaks we've converted the "eye" glyph into a question bubble. Truly a mashup of the Q+A / Blender metaphors.
For the word mark, we decided to use an entirely new typeface. Not straying too far from the Blender branding, we chose Open Sans Condensed.
One design component we really wanted to integrate into the community branding of this site were the core primitive meshes. These meshes are used by millions everyday in Blender to create amazing things. Of the 10 core primitives, one in particular stands out: Suzanne the Monkey. This would also make a nice holiday gift wrapping paper...but we're getting ahead of ourselves!
Here is how the community branding would be applied to a sampling of swag items.
And last but not least, the site design! Click on the image to view at full resolution.
We believe the design and branding work very well for this community. We’d love to hear your feedback! If there are no major design changes, we’ll launch the new site design.
EDIT - December 24th, 2015
Thank you for all of your input. We've made some changes based on the community's initial feedback.
There were enough people who weren't in love with the logo execution that we decided to revisit the design. We know that we won't be able to please everyone, but at the same time, we want you to feel good about the site and the community you've worked to build.
We explored a few different directions and landed on the execution below for the following reasons:
- Clearly indicate that the logo is for the Blender.se community.
- This concept still maintains character of the familiar Blender official logo.
- Integrate the concept of Q&A speech bubbles, without overtly recycling the Stack Exchange master bubble.
- No more socket, yay!
More to come after the new year. Have a great holiday everyone!