The current site footers include text links to each site:
This design has the advantage of removing any doubt about where a link goes, but it:
- Takes up more space; to compensate normal sites only include links to other normal sites and betas only include links to other betas
- Is hard to quickly navigate (try to rapidly find "bicycles" in the above screenshot)
- Rather lacks aesthetic appeal
All the sites already have nice logos designed; is it possible to use those instead of textual links?
This fixes the problems I listed above; the only downside I see is increased difficulty for new users who don't know which logo corresponds to which site. I made the icon tooltips for that mockup show the site title, but that requires users to actually try mousing over them: