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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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 at 17:50
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    @Garrett Some sites have requested and gotten custom logos: ie: Aviation.SE
    – michaelpri
    Apr 7, 2015 at 17:54
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    @Garrett We are hoping we will get this if we go public :)
    – Tim
    Apr 7, 2015 at 19:50
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    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. May 1, 2015 at 10:32
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    so, should we pick one now?
    – Ooker
    Jun 16, 2015 at 5:58

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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 Apr 6, 2015 at 18:52
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    @Zach am right now :)
    – Tim
    Apr 6, 2015 at 20:29
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    @michaelpri I use inkscape.org/en none look great at 16px tbh :/
    – Tim
    Apr 6, 2015 at 20:33
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    @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, 2015 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, 2015 at 20:40
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    @michaelpri see the pixel perfect one I made
    – Tim
    Apr 7, 2015 at 11:43
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    This one looks bit religious to me. Apr 9, 2015 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, 2015 at 23:35
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    Too much shape in my opinion. Even in the bigger ones. Jun 14, 2015 at 21:56
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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, 2015 at 10:41
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    @Tim Arqade also used to have a heart!
    – Tom Medley
    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:58
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    @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, 2015 at 11:00
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    @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, 2015 at 11:06
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    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, 2015 at 11:58
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    @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, 2015 at 12:23
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    @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, 2015 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, 2015 at 13:12
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    @Tim You're fast! Much better, thanks.
    – Susan
    Apr 7, 2015 at 13:14
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    @michaelpri yeah, they came out well! They recognisable as well... :)
    – Tim
    Apr 7, 2015 at 19:38
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    Hope so fingers crossed!
    – Tim
    Apr 7, 2015 at 19:41
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    yeah, if we get out of private beta
    – Tim
    Apr 7, 2015 at 19:42
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    V2.1 looks somehow weird to me. I like V1 and V2.0
    – Kaadzia
    Apr 9, 2015 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, 2015 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. Apr 13, 2015 at 13:18
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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. Apr 6, 2015 at 18:33
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    As it could be interpreted as data, I vote against this idea Apr 6, 2015 at 18:51
  • It does look like a CPU trace or something
    – Tim
    Apr 6, 2015 at 20:29
  • @NateBarbettini it come out brilliantly, but none do really. See the edit.
    – Tim
    Apr 6, 2015 at 20:34
  • *it doesn't come out
    – Tim
    Apr 6, 2015 at 20:40
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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.
    – Cat
    Apr 27, 2015 at 22:33
  • @Eric. 1) Let's not forget that this was originally proposed by @michaelpri. 2) I've updated my post. Apr 27, 2015 at 23:35
  • White cross on red makes me think of Switzerland, not of health. Sep 21, 2017 at 14:59
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"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! Apr 6, 2015 at 20:46
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    @Anon pleasure :) I enjoy making these!
    – Tim
    Apr 6, 2015 at 20:51
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    First we have hydrogen ions (H+), now helium. :) Apr 6, 2015 at 21:24
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    @NateBarbettini :p leave my drawings alone ;)
    – Tim
    Apr 6, 2015 at 21:25
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    In all seriousness, thanks for putting together the visuals. Apr 6, 2015 at 21:26
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    He he he he he.
    – Tom Medley
    Apr 7, 2015 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, 2015 at 10:58
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"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, 2015 at 2:53
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    @NinjaDoc Haha :) Who's going to propose "Be" now? ^^
    – Shlublu
    Apr 28, 2015 at 6:45
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    Li for Lithium, an anti-depressant drug. THIS SITE IS A SHIM FOR BIG PHARMA!!! ;-) May 1, 2015 at 22:09
  • Now I want to add "Ox" as in oxygen...
    – Ooker
    Jun 16, 2015 at 5:52

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