This is my first post in meta and I would like to voice my concern over the new menu bar. I find it looks very bad. To make this a bit more accurate:

  • The color palette does not integrate well with any of the popular stackExchange sites.
  • The color palette does not integrate well with popular browser color schemes (which mostly use light colors) - making the bar a visually disruptive high contrast feature smack in between your address bar and content.
  • Color-wise the bar is not even congruent with itself - blue, white, black, green, red, gray doesn't sound like a particularly well-elaborated mix.

I would be happy to get your approval for my concern or to hear about any explanation why the current visual appearance was chosen.

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    Wait a week to get used to it, then see if you still have the same concerns. It took me a couple of days too. – Stijn Dec 5 '13 at 9:12
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    Sites change. Even big Google totally changed its design over the years. It's bad only because you got used to the old design. – ShaWiz Dec 5 '13 at 9:13
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    Do you really expect people to design websites according to the color palette of the users browsers??? – Lix Dec 5 '13 at 9:13
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    Also, as for why the current design was chosen, Stack Exchange hired a professional graphic designer who is working in the web design field since 1995 - it's not just a random choice. – ShaWiz Dec 5 '13 at 9:17
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    Not every professional design is necessarily great. Colour and design are quite subjective but I also don't think current colour scheme is very well matched. Also, this design looks a bit dated... – Szymon Dec 5 '13 at 9:34
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    I find the bottom of the SE logo and the Inbox and Achievements symbols fade into the background too much to be clear. – dav_i Dec 5 '13 at 9:40
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    +1000 and please, do hire some guy who is not blind and understand colors. – mpapec Dec 5 '13 at 9:45
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    Top bar hover makes background goes from black to gray. It's just a complete WTF!? moment. – mpapec Dec 5 '13 at 9:52
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    +1! Yes, change is sometimes disruptive and takes a while to get used to, but there is no denying that the colour scheme, and style is something straight out of 1995 ^^. It is so dated, and the dark appearance actually makes it look like text is missing. There is no need for the background of the header to be this dark. – Jeff Dec 5 '13 at 9:52
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    Also... This bar has been in beta on meta for a very long time. How is it that you're only now commenting on it? – Dan Hanly Dec 5 '13 at 9:55
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    @danielhanly.com I'm not particularly interested in anything but SO, so I don't usually care for rest of the sites. – mpapec Dec 5 '13 at 9:57
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    @danielhanly.com Most people aren't on meta regularly; why should they – Richard Tingle Dec 5 '13 at 10:08
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    I must admit, I love the functionality of the new bar but hate the look of it – Richard Tingle Dec 5 '13 at 10:09
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    so that's how a "professional" design looks like! ... I thought I had a problem with my video card... – Andy Dec 5 '13 at 10:10
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    Won't somebody please think of the children? - Really guys a black toolbar with grey text on it isn't very readable! – AlexVogel Dec 6 '13 at 8:16

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