I've recently started saving homescreen links to various Stack Exchange sites on my iPhone. All of them look great, but the Super User icon, having dark gray on dark gray, looks like it's only half of the logo when viewed from a regular distance on the small phone screen.

Here is a screenshot of various logos, blown up to show the SU logo with more contrast.
(Just like cereal boxes!)

It's certainly not an urgent issue and it isn't anything that impedes the site's use, but I believe that if the Super User iPhone Home Screen Icon had a white background it would be more iconic and certainly more pleasing to the eye.

Retina iPhone Icons

Note that nearly a year later, after Arqade (Gaming) and Role-Playing got new icons, the Super User icon is still the same.

Retina iPhone Icons

  • 10
    That iPhone must be huge
    – random
    Jul 21, 2011 at 15:20
  • 1
    How about switching the dark gray to a white for the left half of the logo?
    – M. Tibbits
    Jul 21, 2011 at 15:31

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I also started bookmarking SE sites on my home screen and noticed the Super User logo looked out of place. However, I don't think a white background should be added, as that would remove the consistency with all the other icons. I like M. Tibbit's suggestion (in fact, I thought the same thing) of making the left half of the face white instead. Here is a quick mockup I made (doesn't it look fantastic):

"A masterpiece! Look at the way he used the brush tool!"

  • Very much agreed. I had the same thoughts when I read the question. Keeping the black theme for consistency with the other icons and the default home screen is a good idea. The logo is still instantly recognizable in white. Aug 2, 2011 at 6:24
  • I like this idea too.
    – Kalamane
    Aug 2, 2011 at 11:44
  • This also matches with the color scheme for the SU t-shirt on black, so I'm sure they already have the design files for it somewhere.
    – nhinkle
    Aug 2, 2011 at 18:27

The issue here is not with Super User putting a black background behind the icon. The icon itself has a transparent background. By default, Apple places a black background behind icons that are transparent. On the Android, the icon itself floats on the home screen, without the background (and both devices use the same file for the icon).

Now, I wouldn't have an issue with using the icon with a lighter gray color, but the black background you see isn't anything that Stack Exchange did, it's a ('nuther) peculiarity of Apple.

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