We have the name (CrossValidated.com), now it is a good time to revive this topic. The final design will be made by Jin Yang, but we can give him some ideas. So:

  • What ideas for a logo do you have?
    Can be a description, visual concept, sketch; Jin prefers grayscale pictures, while they are not color-biased.
  • What should be the colour palette of the site?
    This is a standard starting point; what is "the colour of statistics"? Amaranth? Light? Dark? Colorful? Cool? Warm? Is it also a colour of statistical computing?
  • What should be the design style?
    Modern/old-school? Baroque/simple? Stack-overflowish/completely different?
  • What the design itself should resemble?
    Random inspirations; data sheets, Gaussian curves, bookshelves, boxplots? Some pictures/photos can be also useful.

One answer per idea, so we can vote.

Like our site name, it needs to be something that reflects the full scope of our site... statistical analysis, data mining, machine learning, probability, data visualization and statistical computing.

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Thanks for starting this thread! Please keep ideas coming! –  Jin Oct 1 '10 at 10:32
    
@Jin Any updates on the design? –  Shane Oct 14 '10 at 19:49
    
@Shane, it should be soon. btw not sure the policy has changed about the 90 day launch mark. See bit.ly/d4Nept But it will happen soon. Thank you for your patience. –  Jin Oct 28 '10 at 0:34

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One more in the same fashion:

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This one is directly inspired by stats.stackexchange.com/questions/1826/… and SE logo. –  mbq Sep 24 '10 at 11:35
    
This is definitely my favorite. Great job with these! My primary thought: it might be better to have the logo itself be more square, and maybe more proportional to the text size? More like the serverfault logo: serverfault.com –  Shane Sep 26 '10 at 17:23
    
what would be an interpretation of this logo? –  svadali Sep 26 '10 at 21:20
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See my first comment, it is 5-fold CV scheme (red test-set and blue train-set interchanging). The overall shape is somehow similar to the SE logo, but this is rather a side effect. –  mbq Sep 26 '10 at 21:23
    
@mbq I see the idea now. Isn't that too close to the concept of 'crossvalidation'? Perhaps, the logo should be a bit more neutral and lean the opposite direction (i.e., away from crossvalidation) to capture the diversity of our community. –  svadali Sep 26 '10 at 22:12
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@Srikant: I completely disagree. The idea here is that the logo represents cross-validation, and that cross-validation is a description of what we do on the site. So the logo should be as close to showing cross-validation as possible. –  Shane Sep 27 '10 at 14:07
    
@Shane Let me re-state my perspective so that it is clear where I am coming from. The site's name is 'crossvalidated.com' which reminds one of cross validation. However, I rather not have the logo represent the concept of cross validation literally as in the above logo. Such a literal representation may perhaps 'tune off' certain members of the community we wish to attract and retain. Thus, the logo should reflect the concept but perhaps tangentially. Another interpretation of the site name is what we do: 'We cross validate answers.'. –  svadali Sep 27 '10 at 15:48
    
We cross validate by letting our diverse community to provide multiple answers to the same question and via voting. Thus, a logo that reflects this cross-validation mechanism (e.g., wheel + check of the other logo proposed by mbq) would perhaps be more subtle than a logo like the above. In essence, I prefer the logo to be more 'playful' about the site name and not interpret it literally. In any case, as always let the votes decide! :-) –  svadali Sep 27 '10 at 15:51
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I personally think that one key aspect of a logo is that it should work as a favicon. This logo definitely does - you could reduce it to 5x5 pixels and it would still work. –  Matt Parker Sep 28 '10 at 18:10
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@Matt Good point; I had this in mind. This wheel-one also scales well to 16x16 with some line thickness tuning. –  mbq Sep 28 '10 at 21:38
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What about making this more like a scatterplot where the coloured squares are randomly distributed on the blue background. It would then carry the idea of a common graphical method, randomness which is inherent in everything we do, as well as the CV idea. –  Rob Hyndman Oct 8 '10 at 1:17
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I like @Rob's idea which for me neutralizes to an extent the emphasis on CV. It also merges two ideas: 'scatter plot' + 'cv' which reflects the diversity of our community. –  svadali Oct 8 '10 at 19:49
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Another aspect of statistics too often overlooked is Experimental Design. It's just struck me that that mpq's design bears a similarity to a Latin Square, and could be made to look more like one with the addition of some extra colors / patterns: t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:cVwte6cduExCdM:http://… (that's a bit too colorful but you get the idea) Possibly if we (pseudo)randomly permute the rows and columns (as you should before applying a latin square) we could get something that looks a bit scatterplottish too? –  onestop Oct 19 '10 at 13:16

How about a dynamically and randomly generated plot (probably a scatter), generated on pageload and using the Google Charts API? Something like this logo submission to a previous contest: http://arbitrarian.wordpress.com/2008/02/23/dynamic-logo/

The original idea changed based on the time of day, and the color of one of the lines changed as a function of the time.

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This solution obviates the need to decide on a single static logo and color scheme, and a randomly-generated scatter plot seems to be consistent with this site's focus on data.

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This is a neat idea! I prefer the idea of a scatter plot. –  Shane Oct 19 '10 at 13:18
    
This may suffer from the same problems as my suggestion: meta.stats.stackexchange.com/questions/269/… –  Shane Oct 20 '10 at 1:31
    
Indeed I have upvoted it, but I agree with @Shane that there is a problem that logo should be static to be recognizable among its instances. Yet it is a good idea for an overall interface. –  mbq Oct 20 '10 at 13:23
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How about not randomly generated but based on some actual dynamic data? Obvious things might be to do with site usage, active questions, answers to date, etc... –  walkytalky Oct 20 '10 at 17:39
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I really like walkytalky's idea -- since this would mean the logo is actually conveying meaningful data, as opposed to simple random numbers. –  rapidadverbssuck Oct 20 '10 at 23:03
    
Completely randomly generated is always dangerous: one fine day, it will resemble something NSFWish, like Lisa Simpson giving head or Putin taking it from Medvedev or whatever (these links are SFW, by the way). Even worse, some people might turn it into a game of sorts, constantly refreshing the page and trying really hard to get a point-and-laugh logo on purpose. This is the Internet, after all. A better idea would be to iterate through an array of pre-approved plots. –  RegDwight Oct 21 '10 at 19:44

How about a logo like @mbq's answer wheel + check but with the following differences:

  • No check mark
  • The 'red' arc is changed to 'green'.

Update

I just now noticed that mbq had posted the following logo (which follows the above idea) in the voting thread. See image below:

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An interpretation of the logo would be:

  • Questions are at the center of the wheel.
  • The arcs represent various answers with green being the one that is actually selected as the 'correct' answer as indicated by the arrow that points to it from the center.
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Gaussian-like idea for "voting component", so that it has a statistical interpretation:
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+1 This is excellent! –  Shane Oct 31 '10 at 18:29
    
I agree. Great idea. –  Rob Hyndman Oct 31 '10 at 23:52
    
Very nice idea, but IMHO it will be confusing for new persons. They will not understand that it can be used to vote. –  Peter Smit Nov 3 '10 at 14:05
    
@Peter This is also my concern, but I'd give it a try; we could also just add arrows to this concept. –  mbq Nov 3 '10 at 14:39

Sans font. (more characters)

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I would upvote it if I could. –  mbq Oct 26 '10 at 17:09

Hideous animated pseudo-3d bar-chartPlease no bar charts in the logo or any other aspect of the design. They are horribly overused when other plots would be more appropriate.

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Better bars than pies... –  walkytalky Oct 27 '10 at 13:35
    
I certainly wouldn't argue with that. –  onestop Oct 27 '10 at 17:56
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+1 for an incredibly tacky bar chart. –  csgillespie Oct 28 '10 at 12:27
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Aint it wonderful - makes a great favicon too!-) i.imgur.com/mOqLI.gif Can't remember where i originally stole it from but just found a collection of irritating icons including this one at nectec.or.th/users/htk/gr01/anigifs –  onestop Oct 28 '10 at 17:07
    
How about an equally atrocious pie-chart? Animated in the style of pac-man! Totally retro, totally rockin! –  ars Oct 30 '10 at 2:43

Why not posting a contest on 99designs.com or the similar? This worked very well with stackoverflow.com. StackExchange should have no problem with finding a budget for this task.

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For the logo, another option would be to show a scatter plot with a best-fit line through it, possibly using a non-linear relationship (like loess) as in this example.

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This has nothing to do with cross-validation, but it would certainly communicate the purpose of the site. I prefer the other option above, because beyond everything else it will be clearer.

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If you made a few of the points a different colour it would give the suggestion of cross-validation –  Rob Hyndman Oct 3 '10 at 11:11
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I can't see how this could be a favicon though. –  Rob Hyndman Oct 3 '10 at 11:11
    
@Rob These are both great points. –  Shane Oct 3 '10 at 20:10
    
I agree with Rob; nice idea, but too complex. –  mbq Oct 7 '10 at 8:58
    
I've started thinking a scatterplot with a fitted line is a good idea. As Shane said, it communicates the purpose of the site in a generally recognisable way. Clearly the above scatterplot is too complex though. One with around 20 points would probably be enough. Should be real data i think, preferably historic or iconic (in both senses!). –  onestop Oct 26 '10 at 19:48
    
@Shane What's a favicon? –  onestop Oct 27 '10 at 18:00
    
@onestop The tiny little logo that appears at the top of your browser when you're on a page (either in the address bar or on the tab). –  Shane Oct 27 '10 at 20:49
    
@Shane - thanks, I never knew that's what that's called! –  onestop Oct 28 '10 at 8:18

How about a motif that combines a 'cross' (e.g., ✗), a 'check mark' (e.g., ✓) and a question symbol (e.g. ?)?

The idea is that our site 'cross validates questions'. Too tacky? Too obvious?

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My idea for logo below..... Or squarer with black 'leading'? StackExchange icon for comparison:

4x4 latin square in red and blues with white leading, curved edges and a speech bubble tail 4x4 latin square in red and blues with black leading, curved edges and a speech bubble tail StackExchange icon

My idea is to combine mbq's 'crossvalidated' logo entry with a 4x4 Latin square and keep a family resemblance to the StackExchange icon. The Latin square illustrates design of experiments, and also references the Fisher window and hence the "genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science". It could also be a heat map representation of a contingency table. It needs a bit of tweaking and I'm not fixed on the colours - the present ones combine red/orange diagonal squares (like mbq's design) with various shades of blue (like the SE logo, and because, as everyone knows, blue is the colour of statistics!).

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I'm worried it looks a bit like HomeImprovement.SE logo (tiles). –  mbq Oct 21 '10 at 7:40
    
I didn't think about checking for similarities with the other SE sites. Perhaps I should go back to the black leading, which looked more like Fisher's window too. It does look a bit like tiles, that's true. But where do I find the HomeImprovement logo? They are yet to launch too , and I can't spot any logos on their parallel thread meta.diy.stackexchange.com/q/171 . –  onestop Oct 21 '10 at 8:52
    
I meant for me it seems like a HI logo, not is a duplicate. –  mbq Oct 21 '10 at 10:50
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To be honest I've gone off this idea as a logo now, though i'll probably continue using it as my user icon. –  onestop Oct 27 '10 at 17:59

My first logo idea, already mentioned in the voting thread.
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The general idea is to reproduce common illustrations of CV.

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this is nice. did you make it in inkscape? –  shabbychef Sep 23 '10 at 22:03
    
@shabbychef Indeed this was CorelDRAW, but this doesn't matter. –  mbq Sep 24 '10 at 11:34

Boxplots! Everybody likes boxplots:
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Not everybody : stat.columbia.edu/~cook/movabletype/archives/2009/10/… –  onestop Oct 28 '10 at 8:56

Blue is the colour of statistics. I'm not synaesthetic but this somehow seems natural to me. Maybe a blue + grey + white palette, perhaps with very limited use of red for highlighting as in the current 'beta' design.

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Instead of downvoting my answer, how about suggesting your preferred alternative colour scheme? –  onestop Oct 27 '10 at 17:57
    
Hmm, no one has downvoted, at most removed upvote. –  mbq Oct 28 '10 at 17:40
    
When I added that comment my answer had a total score of -1. Whoever downvoted it must have subsequently undone their vote. I'd still welcome competing suggestions for the colour scheme! –  onestop Oct 28 '10 at 21:44

Inspired by Srikant's idea:
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Like the idea, but the "Q" in front just doesn't seem right... I mean, if I had not read Srikant's answer I would not have guessed it indicated "question" (because that's what it means, right?) :) –  nico Sep 25 '10 at 11:50
    
I agree, the "Q" is confusing. Better to stick with the "?" originally suggested. –  Mike Lawrence Sep 26 '10 at 14:41

Gaussians! Everybody likes gaussians: alt text
At least may be ok for accepted-answer mark.

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I think I would like to see this in action before I would say I like it as an accepted answer (although it does seem pretty cool on its face). I personally really don't like the way the math se site has accepted answers faded into the background and that answers and checkmarks are in the same green color. –  Andy W Oct 28 '10 at 16:28

SOFU-like header:
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Violet (with green, possibly). Just because it has not been used yet among SE.

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I like violet as a colour and use it for my computer desktop background, but just wouldn't associate it with statistics somehow. I associate violet and green with gardening, or tennis - wimbledon, specifically. –  onestop Oct 28 '10 at 21:54
    
As I wrote; this is to diverge from the rest of the network. Go to stackoverflow.com, scroll to the bottom and look at the site links. –  mbq Oct 29 '10 at 7:05
    
Maybe i have a narrow range of interests but I'd argue that it's only necessary to be quickly distinguisable from the sites on closely-related topics, i.e. stackoverflow, mathoverflow and math.stackexchange. Having said that and looking at them now, in fact the first two of those share much the same white-grey-blue-orange palette. I agree we do need something clearly distinct from that, which seems to argue against my previous suggestion! –  onestop Oct 29 '10 at 13:07

Serif font. (more characters)

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I would downvote it if I could. –  mbq Oct 26 '10 at 17:09

SeasonedAdvice-like header:
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