I'd like to get your ideas on the design for the site when it graduates from Beta. I really know nothing about statistics, besides the couple courses I took in college. So I'm definitely all ears! :)
When I design a site, I design for a "feeling." As in the feeling a brand new user visits the site, or a long term "feeling" seasoned users establish. For example, a person should know right away this is a "cooking site," because it's warm and inviting, or this is a "gaming site" because of the 8bit retro graphics. etc etc. I also try not to let the visual elements get in the way of content, since they should fade in the background after repeated visits.
So what's that "feeling" for the statistical analysis page? I recently designed the Mathematics site. It uses a familiar grid pattern as the Beta theme, sans the "sketchiness." The design goal was to make it clean and simple, but academic looking. Should the SA site be something similar?
I'd love to hear your ideas. Normally if I know a subject matter somewhat, with some extra research I can pin down the correct feel. However in the case of Statistical Analysis, I'm rather lost.
Edit: I have changed the post to only ask for over all design suggestions, for logo ideas, please use the other thread.
UPDATE: design mockup screenshots
Thank you for your input on design ideas, both here and in the chatroom. The consensus was for a clean and simple design. Also, it seems we're pretty set on a logo design from the logo thread.
I learned from some of you that infographics falls under statistics too, which gave me some design ideas. I've been a long fan of http://flowingdata.com and http://infosthetics.com. I decided to add some subtle infographics influenced elements to the design to spice it up a bit.
Color wise, to go with the clean look, I decided to go with more muted and pastel colors that are soothing on the eye. Of course, picking the right colors that would please everyone is rather difficult. I believe the palette I chose is rather safe.
Here are couple design mockups for both the home page and the question detailed page. (note: not all site elements are present, this is mostly for look and feel).
click images for full resolution versions.
The faint graphics in the header and footer background are from a program that tracks and plots my mouse movement. I like the randomness of it and it gives that infographics feel. I'm using it for pure decoration purpose to keep the design from being too bland, since the body section is all text.
Please let me know your thoughts. I'd love to get the site launched for you this week!