There are many sites on the SE Network that are based on different topics. From the question topics to the identity of each site's logo, what does it represent?


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Many sites have a generic logo — a speech bubble in the SE brand color containing an abbreviation for the site. This speech bubble motif also continues in some of the custom logos.

Site Logo Site Topic What the logo represents
Academia Academia logo academia Books
Android Enthusiasts Android Enthusiasts logo Android The Android logo, though slightly changed to look like a speech bubble
Anime & Manga Anime & Manga logo anime and manga Based on the stylized kanji for
Arduino Arduino logo Arduino An infinity symbol, based on the Arduino community logo
Arqade Arqade logo videogames and videogame consoles The Iconic ship from the game Galaga
Artificial Intelligence Artificial Intelligence logo artificial intelligence A fingerprint, possibly related to biometrics authentication, a common application of AI
Ask Different Ask Different logo Apple hardware or software the Command key found on Mac keyboards
Ask Patents Ask Patents logo finding Prior Art on dangerous and overly broad US Patent Applications before they become issued Patents
Ask Ubuntu Ask Ubuntu Logo Ubuntu A speech bubble in the Ubuntu primary brand color (co-designed by Canonical, the speech bubble was part of the design guidelines)
Aviation Aviation logo aviation An aircraft attitude indicator
Bicycles Bicycles logo bicycles and bicycling A head tube badge
Biology Biology logo biology A stylised DNA double-helix
Blender Blender logo blender The logo of the Blender software, but slightly changed to look like a speech bubble
Bricks Bricks logo LEGO bricks and compatible building systems A 2x2 Lego brick, a very common piece that is in over 3,000 sets. Discussed here
Buddhism Buddhism logo Buddhist philosophy, teaching, and practice A Dharmachakra or Wheel of Dharma
Chemistry Chemistry logo chemistry A ball-and-stick diagram of Benzene
Chess Chess logo chess a stylized illustration of a queen (one of the chess pieces)
Chinese Language Chinese Language logo the Chinese language 「漢」 The first character of the name for the Chinese script「漢字」or Chinese language「漢語」
Christianity Christianity logo Christianity An encircled Western Christian cross
CiviCRM CiviCRM logo CiviCRM An adaptation of the CiviCRM logo
Code Golf Code Golf logo coding challenges and solutions An award medal
Code Review Code Review logo peer programmer code reviews A magnifying glass looking at greeked code; the magnifying glass itself looks like a C and R, although some people see a Q, perhaps for “question” or “(code) quality”
Computer Science Computer Science logo computer science a rooted binary tree
Constructed Languages Constructed Languages logo constructed languages The ISO 639-5 code for constructed languages
Craft CMS Craft CMS logo Craft CMS The Craft CMS logo
Cross Validated Cross Validated logo statistics Inspired by k-fold cross-validation
Cryptography Cryptography logo cryptography and cryptanalysis Other than the letter C, it has elements of Lock, Key, Vault, Puzzle
Database Administrators Database Administrators logo databases A UML-style symbol for a database
Drones and Model Aircraft Drones and Model Aircraft logo drones and model aircraft UAV stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, an alternate term for the subject
Drupal Answers Drupal Answers logo Drupal A simplified Drupal logo
Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering logo electronics design The circuit symbol for a diode
Emacs Emacs logo Emacs The letter e encapsulated in parentheses
English Language & Usage English Language & Usage logo English language and usage A cursive (old-style) ampersand
English Language Learners English Language Learners logo learning the English language a bookmark
ExpressionEngine® Answers ExpressionEngine® Answers logo ExpressionEngine "... an icon mark, which reflect[s] the idea of a construction project: you always start with a plan or a schematic (the outlined E) of how something needs to be built. Then, as the project is finished, the final form (solid E) is what is seen by people for all time."
Game Development Game Development logo game development Three cubes
Geographic Information Systems Geographic Information Systems logo GIS A compass
Graphic Design Graphic Design logo graphic design The logo represents the creation process of a logo itself, with sketch lines still being visible, circles, squares and triangles being the basic shapes of any graphic design
Hinduism Hinduism logo Hindu religion Om
Home Improvement Home Improvement logo home improvement A cross-head screw
Information Security Information Security logo Information security The shield represents defense; “the lion […] symbolizes strength and valor; the wings represent swiftness and protection”
Islam Islam logo Islam The Kaaba, a holy site in Islam
Japanese Language Japanese Language logo the Japanese language The first letter of the Japanese hiragana alphabet, which is the equivalent of the romanized letter A (meta post proposing it)
Magento Magento logo the Magento e-Commerce platform "...logo which captures the essence of Magento's logo, but is still unique to the community."
MathOverflow MathOverflow logo research level mathematics A minimized version of the full logo, which consists of the name of the site with a visual indication of “overflow”
Mathematica Mathematica logo Mathematica Inspired by Wolfram’s Mathematica logo, but modified due to copyright reasons
Mathematics Mathematics Stack Exchange Logo math visually represents 6 cubes, whereas the design was made by Jin discussed from this meta post.
Meta Stack Exchange Meta Stack Exchange logo the software that powers the Stack Exchange network An empty Stack Exchange logo
Mi Yodeya Mi Yodeya logo Judaism Inspired by the Tree of Life, subtly includes the Star of David (a popular Jewish symbol), and a question mark (with the dot being the o of Yodeya)
Movies & TV Movies & TV logo Movies and Television Popcorn
Music: Practice & Theory Music: Practice & Theory logo music practice, performance, composition, technique, theory, or history Piano Keys
Network Engineering Network Engineering logo network engineering Symbol for a router
Personal Finance & Money Personal Finance & Money logo money or personal finance A piggy-bank
Photography Photography logo photography A Polaroid photograph
Physics Physics logo physics, astronomy and astrophysics The "Mexican Hat" potential
Poker Poker logo poker A club (card suit)
Puzzling Puzzling logo creating, solving, and studying puzzles Lock + Impossible Geometry; “Lock” represents riddle, mystery, and discovery; “Impossible Geometry” represents complexity, (almost) impossible to solve, mathematics
Quantum Computing Quantum Computing logo quantum computing and quantum information Logo with no discernible connection to quantum computing, adopted with no consultation with the community. (Possibly related to the logo of Strangeworks, the sponsor of the site.) Replacement proposals are being discussed.
Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi logo Raspberry Pi Based on the Raspberry Pi logo; “Raspberry which symbolizes community roots and the device which is a foundation for everything you build [and] Circuit boards which are the main theme of the site”
Role-playing Games Role-playing Games logo role-playing games a 20-sided die
Salesforce Salesforce logo anything Salesforce related The Salesforce logo (a cloud with lots of connections inside)
Science Fiction & Fantasy Science Fiction & Fantasy logo science fiction and fantasy A rune circle
Seasoned Advice Seasoned Advice logo food and cooking A toque blanche (chef's white hat)
Server Fault Server Fault Logo server, networking, or related infrastructure administration There is no meta post associated with this logo, so presumably, it represents a server rack.
SharePoint SharePoint logo SharePoint The nodes represent the six functions. The cube formed by the nodes and the connecting lines convey the idea that SharePoint is a whole service package. The flow bounded inside of the cube also forms an "S."
Signal Processing Signal Processing logo the theory and applications of analog and digital signal processing, image processing and computer vision A wave sign
Skeptics Skeptics logo challenging unreferenced notable claims, pseudoscience and biased results Based on Wikipedia's [citation needed]
Software Engineering Software Engineering logo software development A cup of coffee. Essential part of every software engineer life.
Software Recommendations Software Recommendations logo detailed software recommendations for specific purposes two symbols combined: a "cog (as a metaphor for software, tool, program or app) and compass (as a metaphor for guidance)"
Spanish Language Spanish Language logo the Spanish language the letter ñ, typically only found in Spanish
Stack Apps Stack Apps logo apps, scripts, and development with the Stack Exchange API A gear
スタック・オーバーフロー スタック・オーバーフロー logo プログラミング See Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow em Português Stack Overflow em Português logo programação See Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow en español Stack Overflow en español logo programación, desarrollo y uso de software See Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow на русском Russian Stack Overflow Logo программированию и системному администрированию See Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow Stack Overflow Logo programming A stack of papers overflowing from an in-tray
Stellar Stellar logo Stellar The official currency code for the Stellar Lumen (see Tezos for reference)
Super User Super User Logo computer software and hardware an ASCII-style face.
TeX - LaTeX TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange Logo TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems A pair of braces, ubiquitous in the TeX world, represents a group, so the official logo {TEX} is a word play that means “TEX group”. The icon { } is a short form of that.
Tezos Tezos logo Tezos The official currency code of Tezos.
The Workplace The Workplace logo the workplace and other career-related topics An origami letter O
Theoretical Computer Science Theoretical Computer Science logo research-level questions in theoretical computer science a deterministic finite automaton
Travel Travel Stack Exchange Logo travel-related questions three overlapping pins as discussed in this meta post.
Unix & Linux Unix & Linux logo Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems U and L, short for Unix and Linux
User Experience User Experience logo user experience a combination of the two letters “UX” with a star in the middle created using negative space. The star signifies excellence, which is what the field of UX strives to achieve in product design.
Veganism & Vegetarianism Veganism & Vegetarianism logo vegan and vegetarian lifestyle The "suitable for vegans" symbol
Web Applications Web Applications logo web applications
Webmasters Webmasters logo the operation of websites
WordPress Development WordPress Development logo theme and plugin development, development and management best practices and server configuration for WordPress The WordPress logo
Worldbuilding Worldbuilding logo worldbuilding An unfinished world represented by a primitive sphere; the coloring is taken from a scan of a brain during the act of imagining; the planetary ring was added to make it more distinguishable at smaller sizes
Writing Writing logo writing A stylized pencil
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    Rather than guessing, I recommend you look at the various meta sites for posts like this one on math - math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/963/… ... our designers have often explained their thinking when creating designs.
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 3, 2021 at 23:02
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    Everyone might have the wrong idea about the Site Topic right now. It should be the topic of the site, not who is availed to use it. 3D Printing SE is an example here. It's supposed to be "tools and applications of 3D printing", not "3D printing enthusiasts". Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 4:42
  • @MarkGiraffe The site topics are taken from the sites themselves, e.g. the 3D Printing banner says “3D Printing Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for 3D printing enthusiasts. It only takes a minute to sign up.”. The tour says “3D Printing Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for 3D printing enthusiasts”. What do you suggest should the source of the copy for each site topic be? Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 5:02
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    @SebastianSimon Let's look back at 3D Printing. The last sentence says "With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about tools and applications of 3D printing." which means that the topic is about "tools and applications of 3D printing". So the words to be implied is right after "...every question about". Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 5:05
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    I would highly recommend not including the icons of every site on our network all on one page as individual images. This runs the risk of users who do not happen to have those individual icons stored in their local cache of getting rate limited by requesting hundreds of files from our servers all at once. Perhaps a better option is simply linking to the images for those who want to see the icon as well.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 18:20
  • @animuson would it help if we switched the images over to imgur instead of the cdn?
    – Luuklag
    Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 18:50
  • @Luuklag I mean that would relieve the issue for our servers, but I cannot comment as to whether that would cause problems with Imgur's.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 19:06
  • @animuson fair point. Different thought, the icons used in the top right site switcher, they're a bit scaled down in resolution, but as far as I can see, everyone who ever clicked that switcher has all these images in their cache, could we use those?\
    – Luuklag
    Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 20:17
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    @Luuklag The site switcher uses a giant sprite sheet. All of the icons are in one file and the CSS specifies the coordinates of where each site's icon is in the file. You wouldn't be able to do that in a post.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 20:20
  • The chess logo is supposed to be a rook? On what basis?
    – khelwood
    Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 7:46
  • @khelwood It used to be a rook. It was changed earlier this year, as the site got its own design: I'll edit the answer.
    – xyldke
    Commented Sep 7, 2023 at 12:36

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