Last year, Jon Ericson wrote in an announcement about the completion of the responsive design rollout:

We'll continue fixing bugs and starting in 2019 we'll be working on designs for sites with the stock theme. This process used to take a month or more of designer time. With a standard theme, the process will take far less time so more sites will get customizations sooner. Designers will also think a lot less about CSS details and a lot more about how the final design will look. Sites that have been waiting the longest for their design (Anime and Code Golf come to mind) will be contacted earliest next year on their meta sites.

(highlight by me)

It is now end of February (!= earliest next year). The two named sites (anime.stackexchange.com and codegolf.stackexchange.com) still use the Stock theme though and when looking at the community bulletin, I see no announcement/feedback/input posts.

What is the state of the new site designs?

I think this is especially important, as faster design process was one of the core promises of the redesign.

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    I personally read earliest next year as not sooner then early next year. Your conclusion that February != earliest next year doesn't hold in my definition. I don't read what Jon said as a definitive time schedule nor a commitment to a specific delivery date. It will still be done within 6 to 8 weeks.
    – rene
    Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 10:33
  • @rene But he already says that the designs will start in 2019 in the first sentence. That was why I interpreted earliest next year as as early as possible. Well, if this is a mistake by me, it might still be useful to others having the same mistake (as non-native speakers). Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 10:37
  • And @rene, I don't see it as a definitive time schedule either, but according to my interpretation, at least a "we want some input on your design" post could have been posted already. Maybe the design is already work in progress (as IIRC both Codegolf and Anime&Manga both had already community-initiated feedback posts). Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 10:38
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    I'll personally wait until December 31 before asking. :) Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 10:44
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    @Sha December 31 2025? for 6 to 8 years? :P Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 10:45
  • Heh, good chance that's when we'll really get new design, but we can ask before. ;-) Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 11:32
  • Somewhat connected: Writing.SE clamours for graduation Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 13:51
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    @Mari-LouA not at all connected. Writing isn't graduated.
    – Catija
    Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 20:05
  • @Catija somewhat connected because they are all waiting for a response or a definite answer. Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 20:06
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    No. With the current system, writing would not get a design. Anime is already graduated and is owed one. While we plan to make it possible for beta sites to have a design, they'd still come after all the graduated sites.
    – Catija
    Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 20:08
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    I had asked this basic question of Jon Ericson a couple weeks ago in the Moderators Only chat. He stated two things. First, the Lead person who had been putting out updates on this has left the Stack Exchange network, so they are now working at a deficit. Secondly, he stated he'd be posting something up "pretty soon" as to the status of the graduated sites which are owed site designs. I know Anime & CodeGolf are in the list, but there are several others out there which are waiting. Mechanics has been waiting ~2.5 years for ours as well. Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 16:21
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    @Catija Jon seemed to pretty clearly say that designs weren't restricted to "graduated" sites - part of breaking up with graduation. Writing certainly expects to move off the generic theme even if SE refuses our requests to be done with beta after 9 years. If this is not in fact the case, I would greatly appreciate it if someone would post an update on our meta. Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 2:41
  • Relevant, possible duplicate: With new designs planned for some sites, are there plans to tackle the backlog? - We've now posted an answer there. It may be worth closing your question as a duplicate of that one, if it makes sense to do so.
    – V2Blast
    Commented May 25, 2022 at 1:46

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As of March 13, 2019, we begun work on new site designs for those sites that are no longer in beta, but haven't received a design yet.

Right now, these are complete:

We're in progress for a final design based on feedback from the community on:

The remaining sites that are waiting are:

I don't have any specifics on the timeline for completing these as we're just ramping up but we're working through the list now! We really appreciate your patience and we're really excited to have these sites getting designs after so long!

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    ... for anyone who's skeptical... I've seen the Anime design (in process) and it's really pretty... so this isn't just idea collection. ;) (also, the list of sites is actually in order by graduation date, which is the order we're planning to go in... provided we don't get hung up on a site in the process... so don't get clever about alphabetizing the list or anything like that.)
    – Catija
    Commented Apr 14, 2019 at 17:12
  • Anime got their design April 30th; mind updating this post? Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 0:00
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    It's not the final design. So, nothing to update.
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 0:01
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    Oh, wait, the design that's currently deployed there is subject to change? Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 0:01
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    It's being completely redone. See their meta.
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 0:02
  • Looking forward to seeing Mechanics get rolling, personally :o) I really couldn't tell you why ;-) Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 22:53
  • Wow, Anime and Code Golf look great! Commented Jul 12, 2019 at 1:31
  • The Anime theme is lovely. Code Golf not so great but still better than some of SE's modernized and soulless themes which were updated last year... Commented Jul 12, 2019 at 7:42
  • BTW I applaud the decision to write the name of the month rather than use the American calendar order: month, day, year (e.g. 7/12/19) because for the rest of the world "12" could be interpreted as December. Not so much today but in 2020 this dating could lead to ambiguity, so thank you for choosing clarity over style! Commented Jul 12, 2019 at 8:06
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    Is this going to be updated for the 29 sites that left beta last year? Commented Aug 17, 2020 at 0:12

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