The design of Skeptics Stackexchange seems rushed, messy, and dated.
Here are just a few things that have jumped to my mind since joining:
- The paper background texture in meta. It looks pixilated. It is barely visible on some screens and just adds noise, making the site look messy.
This jagged corner. As far as I can tell, we're the only Stackexchange that has this layered look, and I don't think it is executed well.
Another background texture. This is even more noise. It appears faded on many monitors to the point that you have to strain your eyes to see what it is. It adds noise to the page and looks messy.
Our logo is jammed too tightly together in my opinion.
Those are all just minor points, but they all contribute to an overall feel that to me is a dark and uninviting brand. The focus on paper and an attempted imitation of physical layers evokes an old, inaccessible presentation of science, rather than the present and future of free access to information and evidence. Our design is the messiest of all the StackExchanges. It's possible to pull off a dark theme (see scifi.se), but it's a very clean theme, with well thought-out fonts that fit the mood of sci-fi.
If I put work into a redesign with consistent choices to accentuate whatever we want our mood and brand to be, is that something that would be considered? Or does it have to be an internal job by StackExchange employees?