One of the tasks that we must complete in the beta is answering the 7 essential meta questions. I'm creating these meta questions here for us to work on.

We should begin collecting ideas and suggestions for a site logo. Create and upload your suggestions as answers, and let the voting begin!

Make sure your logo suggestion works well in 16x16 because it must also be recognizable in the browser's favorite/bookmark icon (favicon). Bigger sizes don't have to be exactly identical but could include additional details. However, the logo should basically be the same at all sizes.

The highest voted answers would be the prime candidate. I guess the final decision could be made by the moderators or in an announced chat meeting, but I don't know.

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    As a toddler's parent, my immediate icon idea is a pacifier, but I'm not going to suggest that because it's too age-specific. Then again, any kind of toy is also rather age-specific. I also think that building an icon of several objects won't work because it will be cluttered and not self-explanatory, and won't be recognizable at 16x16 pixels. This is challenging! Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 14:14
  • I just looked into Google's image search for inspiration, searching for "growing up". There are many neat images among the noise! Other search words would be just as interesting I'm sure. Commented Apr 9, 2011 at 6:29

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Some common traffic signs could also be relevant, although I admit there are regional differences that might make a single choice hard.

pedestrian walkway

caution: children

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    I like how they are carrying briefcases, or are those iPads?
    – Paul Cline
    Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 21:04
  • LOL! I think they're supposed to be school bags. Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 5:32

Could we somehow make the logo look like nested outlined people (for lack of a better description, like a teenager standing behind a middle schooler behind a primary schooler behind a toddler behind a baby, then have our theme continue with the 'ages and stages' idea: a few baby things, then further down some toys, then something teenagery, then somebody in a cap and gown...?

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    Good concept idea! I like every bit except the cap and gown; that's too localized. I had to think for a while to realize you meant graduation. Gown sounded more like hospital to me... Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 21:47
  • @torbengb Thanks for the heads-up, I had no idea that wasn't fairly universal!
    – HedgeMage
    Commented Apr 8, 2011 at 22:00
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    sounds like a good idea, but a stretch for 16x16 pixels. Commented Apr 17, 2011 at 5:42
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    @David I'm not a graphics person, but for the mini-icon could we do a big stick figure holding hands with a small one?
    – HedgeMage
    Commented Apr 17, 2011 at 17:18
  • @hedge that sounds good. Someone should post a mockup. Color ideas? Commented Apr 17, 2011 at 21:19
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    @David Avoid the annoyingly stereotypical pink-and-blue or baby's room pastels and I'll be happy.
    – HedgeMage
    Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 1:00

I think one fairly universal small ritual is measuring the children's height. That would make for an empathic logo.

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For the logo

I like the idea of hand-holding; a little hand in a big hand. I have no idea if this can work as a 16*16 favicon.

I also like ideas above of 'nested dolls' or outlines parent and child.

For the site 'look and feel'

Things I think of when I think "parents; children; families" -

  • baby blue and baby pink
  • alphabet blocks
  • Gold Stars for good effort
  • crayons, finger painting, pasta art, etc
  • feeding bottles & dummies / pacifiers
  • teddy bears
  • "onesies" / baby grows

Some of these would be good fits for aspects of the site design. EG: For the green accepted answer tick check a chunky crayon mark would be nice. It's a little bit similar to the sketch / draft look of the present layout, but other elements will be very different, so I don't think it'd be too much of a problem.

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    I like the idea of using everyday items as graphical elements. We should also include items from everyday life with older kids. Commented Sep 26, 2011 at 13:27
  • While these ideas sound really nice and cute, I think it is too specific to the younger crowd. Parenting wants to encourage more questions about adolescents and teens too and being overly focused on imagery from the younger years, is likely to do the opposite. Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 14:01

There is an ad for this site running now which I think is fairly cute:

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I'm not sure where this came from or who designed it, but it's cute. Very warm.

Another one here:

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  • Stack Exchange's own Jin Yang made those great images. Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 20:07
  • Use 'em!!!!!!!!
    – bobobobo
    Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 0:09
  • Jin Yang did a great job - go with what we've got!!! The colors are nice too, I couls see some of the greens from that background behind dad looking very nice as the color scheme. Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 13:59

Building on HedgeMage's good idea, how about a stylized logo based on the Russian babushka dolls-within-dolls? (a.k.a. matryoshka dolls)

The nesting feature of these could be like the outlines that HedgeMage suggested.

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I think that the newborn's finger grabbing, as one of our very first interactions with our baby, could be a nice logo. I think that all of us remember the moment that our newly born child has grabbed that finger of ours and we realized who has just done what:)

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As for color choice and style, I think something like Flintstones would be good inspiration.
It's a kind of sketchy look, but not with pastels and baby colors, yet playful and imaginative.

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The tags could be nappy-safety pins?

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    We're already fighting the impression that this site is only for parents of babies and toddlers. Baby-centric styling can only increase the problem.
    – HedgeMage
    Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 20:09

Showing the life stages:

New baby and new parents:

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Dealing with a toddler:

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The first lessons:

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Teenagers aren't always a menace! ;)

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The old age!

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  • These images resulted from Google search. Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 8:58
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    Well, it's the concept that counts.
    – user106
    Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 12:56

What about merging Torben Gundtofte-Bruun's and bobobobo's suggestions :

large version

16x16 version


Perhaps a 60's flower-power theme? I wasn't around at the time, but to me it means a laid-back, open-minded, and relaxed atmosphere, along with bright and cheerful colors. (We should probably avoid elements like LSD and pot, though!)

I'm just brainstorming here, so feel free to edit as you like, or to shoot it down with counterarguments :)

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