Once Health.SE was started we quickly realized that we have the same logo as History.SE. In the answers of that post, many great ideas were brought up. @Tim made a few designs for the great ideas that people came up with. For this post, you can vote for your favorite designs. If you have another design or idea that you'v come up with, feel free to post it.

We will try to get the design with the most votes to be our icon.

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    SE will decide on the temporary icon for the site, I strongly doubt any voting here would be useful. They generally take input from the community for the final design, but the beta icon is just a placeholder. Collecting ideas does no harm, but I don't see any value in a formal voting. – user10 Apr 6 '15 at 17:47
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    @MadScientist It just seemed like there were many great ideas, so I wanted the community to decide what they liked best instead of having a few people control it – michaelpri Apr 6 '15 at 17:49
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    I agree with @MadScientist: it seems a bit premature. After all, some sites stay in beta for a long time, the longest current one being Board and Card Games at over 4 years. – Garrett Apr 7 '15 at 17:50
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    @Garrett Some sites have requested and gotten custom logos: ie: Aviation.SE – michaelpri Apr 7 '15 at 17:54
  • @Garrett We are hoping we will get this if we go public :) – Tim Apr 7 '15 at 19:50
  • Is this a question about the Beta-site favicon (which traditionally feature a blue speech-bubble), or a question about the icon after graduation? For a beta icon, surely it only needs to differentiate from History (so HE would do fine); for post-graduation, you get a custom-designed favicon based on the new site design. This Meta question appears to jump the gun. – Andrew Leach May 1 '15 at 10:32
  • so, should we pick one now? – Ooker Jun 16 '15 at 5:58

Rod of Asclepius

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    Can we add the favicon size to each of these answers? I feel like this has too much detail for a small size – Zach Saucier Apr 6 '15 at 18:52
  • @Zach am right now :) – Tim Apr 6 '15 at 20:29
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    @michaelpri I use inkscape.org/en none look great at 16px tbh :/ – Tim Apr 6 '15 at 20:33
  • @michaelpri Yeah, that may be what it chosen :/ I like the white heart one the most but it is unclear at favicon size so I'm not sure :( – Tim Apr 6 '15 at 20:39
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    @Tim I want the white heart too, but I agree, it get's blurry when it's too small – michaelpri Apr 6 '15 at 20:40
  • @michaelpri see the pixel perfect one I made – Tim Apr 7 '15 at 11:43
  • This one looks bit religious to me. – Ankit Sharma Apr 9 '15 at 9:21
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    Maybe for the small icons, try chopping off the bottom half and just having the top half with the head. That way you can fit more of its detail in. – Jez Apr 10 '15 at 23:35
  • Too much shape in my opinion. Even in the bigger ones. – Shimmy Weitzhandler Jun 14 '15 at 21:56

White heart with ECG tracing (V1 and V2.0, with more realistic trace, V2.1 curved trace):

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    At favicon size the ECG trace is not visible. Why not just the heart? – Tom Medley Apr 7 '15 at 10:41
  • @Tim Arqade also used to have a heart! – Tom Medley Apr 7 '15 at 10:58
  • @Tim A pixel-perfect icon of that size could work, but it would take more time than I've got to make one. – Tom Medley Apr 7 '15 at 11:00
  • @Tim An icon drawn in pixels rather than with vectors. It allows far greater control and provides a much higher quality image at small sizes. This article on pixel fitting should explain what I mean. – Tom Medley Apr 7 '15 at 11:06
  • Just throwing this out there (@Tim): the little downward blip before the p wave doesn’t reflect any physiologic scenario I’m aware of. Not that anyone would be able to see it...but if anyone does care to blow it up to look, that piece is nonsensical. (P and t waves are also rounded, not acute like that. The QRS looks great!) – Susan Apr 7 '15 at 11:58
  • @Tim Interesting, I’m not sure what that blip is intended to be in that image. This is the sort of thing I’m accustomed to. (I know you don’t want the red grid, but just so you can see what the waveforms are supposed to look like.) – Susan Apr 7 '15 at 12:23
  • @Susan, Yeah I just checked with my mother (I showed a google search and she pointed out that one!)... I will edit now, 1 minute :) – Tim Apr 7 '15 at 12:24
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    @Susan 48 minutes later... :P what do you think? I prefered it straight to curved, but I removed the pointless blip. – Tim Apr 7 '15 at 13:12
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    @Tim You're fast! Much better, thanks. – Susan Apr 7 '15 at 13:14
  • @michaelpri yeah, they came out well! They recognisable as well... :) – Tim Apr 7 '15 at 19:38
  • Hope so fingers crossed! – Tim Apr 7 '15 at 19:41
  • yeah, if we get out of private beta – Tim Apr 7 '15 at 19:42
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    V2.1 looks somehow weird to me. I like V1 and V2.0 – Kaadzia Apr 9 '15 at 12:33
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    I just plain don't like this icon. It looks like "the broken hearts society" or something. – Jez Apr 10 '15 at 23:30
  • This is my favorite at full-size, but it's really difficult to discern at favicon size without knowing what it is already. – Nate Barbettini Apr 13 '15 at 13:18

I'm not too much of graphic designer, so I beg you not to measure the pixels in my image and be able to imagine it in various colors (read on).

Anyway, I'd still vote for the cross suggested by @michaelpri.

The cross should be either red (maybe boxed - as in first-aid box - to distinguish from christianity), dark blue, or light blue, or one of the above in a white background (see this).

Or just white:

Here's an image with a white cross and a red background.

Here's one with a red cross and white background with a black around the outside.

Which gives a hint of (see more here):

Maybe the red should be a bit lighter.

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    This is the only one that can really be seen at favicon size. – Eric Apr 27 '15 at 22:33
  • @Eric. 1) Let's not forget that this was originally proposed by @michaelpri. 2) I've updated my post. – Shimmy Weitzhandler Apr 27 '15 at 23:35
  • White cross on red makes me think of Switzerland, not of health. – John Dvorak Sep 21 '17 at 14:59

Plain ECG tracing (V1 + V2)

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  • I like this one the best; the only issue I see is whether it would scale down to favicon size well. – Nate Barbettini Apr 6 '15 at 18:33
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    As it could be interpreted as data, I vote against this idea – Zach Saucier Apr 6 '15 at 18:51
  • It does look like a CPU trace or something – Tim Apr 6 '15 at 20:29
  • @NateBarbettini it come out brilliantly, but none do really. See the edit. – Tim Apr 6 '15 at 20:34
  • *it doesn't come out – Tim Apr 6 '15 at 20:40

"He" for Health

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    Thanks for doing all this. I'm voting on my favorites. This one made me laugh, though. It looks like laughing, and it reminds me of a leaking helium balloon. Who knew this could be so evocative? Again, thanks! – anongoodnurse Apr 6 '15 at 20:46
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    @Anon pleasure :) I enjoy making these! – Tim Apr 6 '15 at 20:51
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    First we have hydrogen ions (H+), now helium. :) – Nate Barbettini Apr 6 '15 at 21:24
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    @NateBarbettini :p leave my drawings alone ;) – Tim Apr 6 '15 at 21:25
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    In all seriousness, thanks for putting together the visuals. – Nate Barbettini Apr 6 '15 at 21:26
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    He he he he he. – Tom Medley Apr 7 '15 at 10:39
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    @Nate pleasure :p I love doing these things - someone actually needs my skills for once! – Tim Apr 7 '15 at 10:58

"Li" for Life

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    @michaelpri, health and life are intimately related. Besides I was just joking, H, He, Li ... – Kenshin Apr 28 '15 at 2:53
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    @NinjaDoc Haha :) Who's going to propose "Be" now? ^^ – Shlublu Apr 28 '15 at 6:45
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    Li for Lithium, an anti-depressant drug. THIS SITE IS A SHIM FOR BIG PHARMA!!! ;-) – Martin Tournoij May 1 '15 at 22:09
  • Now I want to add "Ox" as in oxygen... – Ooker Jun 16 '15 at 5:52

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