Hi everyone,

At the beginning of the beta I linked up Mat Tomaszewski from the Canonical Design Team to work with Jin Yang from SO on the design for the final site. I am posting the design here on his behalf since he doesn't have the rep (yet!)

Home page:

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Question Page

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Error Page

(a little pun on the twitter's fail whale ;)

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    I knew Mat would do an amazing job, +42 Commented Oct 6, 2010 at 16:20
  • Converted to Community Wiki Commented Oct 6, 2010 at 17:01
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    WOW! That really feels like part of the Ubuntu family, rather than part of the Stack Exchange family. Great job.
    – 8128
    Commented Oct 6, 2010 at 18:29
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    Gorgeousness and gorgeousity!
    – msw
    Commented Oct 9, 2010 at 17:54
  • Design is nice, but dont you feel the font size is a notch high? It feels like I have zoomed in the page.
    – Lazer
    Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 7:06
  • Also, wasn't this supposed to be used once we are out of beta?
    – Lazer
    Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 7:10

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I can't think of a better suited person to design the SE Ubuntu site! Good job Mat, I love the design.


The whole thing looks amazing.

One quick thing... were you able to secure the rights to use the Penguin image for the 404 page? That was pretty much a unanimous decision.

The vote on the captcha image question seemed to suggest that this image should be used.


How will site-wide messages be displayed/handled (Like that at the top of the site now)?

Otherwise this site design looks absolutely spectacular! Great job Mat!

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    Thanks a lot for your comment Marco, glad you like the design! With regards to your question - we're yet to tackle this, but I think they will use the similar logic to the current notifications. Commented Oct 6, 2010 at 16:58
  • I wonder if they could look notify-osdish? Commented Oct 6, 2010 at 17:03
  • Probably not, since notify-osd is very "desktop" (also, the bubbles are non-actionable, unlike SE notifications). We're still in the process of defining the notification experience for the web, and until that's done I think we should follow the logic the SE users are familiar and comfortable with. Commented Oct 7, 2010 at 9:53

Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Simply Awesome!


I love the design on this site and really digg the Ubuntu Font (i believe this is the same one used on the site correct?)


I'd like an option for a dark them. I can't stand to look at very bright colors.


can we stars on the browsing level of the questions without having to click into the question. Makes it easy to star questions, for later reading.

Great Job!

  • @garbadgecollector that's a feature which will impact all Stackoverflow trilogy/Stackexchange sites. you can request the feature at meta.stackoverflow.com
    – Jin
    Commented Oct 6, 2010 at 18:44

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