Current icon is quite meaningless:

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Even some beta sites (such as https://aviation.stackexchange.com/, https://chess.stackexchange.com/, https://stats.stackexchange.com/) have beautiful icons, maybe we should already care about icon design?

Note that also this icon should be meaningfull at 16x16 size (favicon).

  • Perhaps a heart shape to represent "life"? Dec 10, 2014 at 8:42
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    I'd say we get this into public beta first and then worry about graduation....
    – Vogel612
    Dec 10, 2014 at 9:00
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    It's too early to focus on design issues
    – user19
    Dec 10, 2014 at 9:02
  • @Inf On emacs.se, it wasn't too early, so I decided to bring it up there also.
    – nicael
    Dec 10, 2014 at 9:15
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    Most beta sites have simple initials in their favicon unless there's a reason to give them something else. Otherwise sites get a custom favicon as part of their graduation design, if they ever get that far.
    – hairboat
    Dec 10, 2014 at 16:35
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    IDK about the downvotes, but I think this is a important question and will become even more important if there is a future to this site.
    – Pobrecita
    Dec 13, 2014 at 19:51
  • @ili As you see, it was 3/5 before you up voted, so someone considers this question to be important anyway :)
    – nicael
    Dec 13, 2014 at 19:53
  • Well actually it is 4/5, but someone doesn't think it is important :/
    – Pobrecita
    Dec 13, 2014 at 19:56
  • @ili I said "it was 3/5 before you upvoted" ;)
    – nicael
    Dec 13, 2014 at 20:11
  • Oh thanks. I didn't notice.
    – Pobrecita
    Dec 13, 2014 at 20:49

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I don't have any idea about guideline for Stack Exchange iconography (e.g. margin/padding, optical square), so this would be more-or-less just a rough idea. And so, I propose...

lifehacks icon proposal

Probably, the most literal icon that I could think of: life (heart) + hacks (to fix). Maybe it also conveys "unconventional way" since I can't imagine using wrench to fix heart.

The standard favicon asset that SE uses (32x32) will look like

favicon 32

although, I find it a bit difficult to understand for common favicons (16x16)

enter image description here

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    This icon is just... gorgeous. And very clever.
    – nicael
    Dec 13, 2014 at 12:32
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    1+ for the awesome design, but the maybe the heart should be changed to something else that symbolizes life, maybe a Planet Earth model or something. But this could be taken to mean that it is some kind of health site, but if it can't be changed I think it is fine as it is.
    – Pobrecita
    Dec 13, 2014 at 19:55

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