Not that it bothers me too much, but I always thought U&L was still in beta because of the favicon. It has the same design as all beta SE sites.

Was this a coincidence? Or on purpose?

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It's the same concept, although it does look different -- the beta icons are "sketchy", like:

BCG sketchy icon http://so.mrozekma.com/bcg-sketchy-icon.png

Ours is the same layout, without the sketchy theme; Wordpress is another site with a letter-based icon:

Our icon http://sstatic.net/unix/img/apple-touch-icon.png Wordpress' icon http://sstatic.net/wordpress/img/apple-touch-icon.png

I never really cared for it, but I think Jin just had trouble coming up with a graphic that would represent the site well and look good in a small format. If anyone has any ideas I suspect we can get a new one made (trying to find out)

  • I don't NOT like the favicon, just wondered. But if it would be possible to design another, we should have a little contest on meta.
    – nopcorn
    Commented Aug 12, 2011 at 22:15
  • @MaxMackie: I actually like it a lot.
    – tshepang
    Commented Aug 12, 2011 at 22:37
  • Note: I think a much better comparison would be those same icons in 10x10 or however tiny the favicon is supposed to be
    – TheLQ
    Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 22:37
  • How about a penguin? Or the FreeBSD devil? Both?
    – Kevin
    Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 15:10
  • @Kevin It's hard to do stuff like that since we allow all *nix-like OSes here. The first design tried to stuff a bunch of mascots into the header, but people didn't like it and there were some missing. I think a penguin would be good, but I use Linux so I'm biased a bit Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 15:19
  • Why not have a random favicon each time you load the page.... it might be a tad annoying to implement, but it could switch between GNU, Tux, etc...
    – Wilf
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 17:19

I kind of like the license plate, if we can have the rights. It's not square, which may be a problem.

  • Right now, the U and the L are legible in the favicon. At 16x16 or 32x32, I can scarcely make out what it is supposed to say.
    – Chris Down
    Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 19:23

The penguin is by far the most popular (and recognizable) representation of Linux. Although it doesn't quite capture the UNIX idea, linux is the currently most widely-used unix (needs citation :P).

Maybe a penguin on top of the (color-shifted) stack-exchange bubble?

http://sstatic.net/stackexchange/img/favicon.ico + enter image description here = ?

  • Maybe a penguin on top the the stack-exchange bubble?
    – bukzor
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 18:53

I'm no designer, but I thing the logo would gain if it had an X in it. U-L-X looks more "unixy" than U-L.

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    Maye they didn't take an X because UX (User Experience SE) alrady has an X in it
    – taffer
    Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 20:20

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