Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, all sites will share quite a bit of common elements so they feel like they're part of the Stack Exchange family.
First, I want to say an early congrats for the upcoming launch of Apple.stackexchange.com. Thank you for being an awesome community!
As an Apple user myself, I've always appreciated Apple's designs in UI and hardware. I think what makes Apple's design stand out is that they pay great attention to detail. Apple draws a fine balance between eye-candy and simplistic elegance.
The design goal for our Apple site is to maintain the branding of the Stack Exchange Q&A family, something you're familiar with from using the Beta site, or other SE sites. At the same time, the design needs to give this community its own identity that's associated with Apple. For new users to the site, the design should invoke that "Apple" feeling right away.
I had a great pleasure working with Mike Rundle, the talented designer who provided me with the initial mockups. I have since tweaked his designs a bit. I believe the designs below work well and represent what this site is about.
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I'm aiming to have the site launched later this week, in time for the Macworld Expo.
Bonus: here's the publicity card we designed to be handed out at MacworldExpo: