Currently, we have the Stack Exchange standard voting and badge icons:

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What would it take (beyond someone with a great idea and some graphics ability) to get some cool/appropriate icons like they have at Bicycles.SE?

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    Would like to reference a meta post about the site design meta.stackexchange.com/questions/251938/…. I was trying to get information about other site designs. People here should understand that they will take our suggestions. I though that I might be able to make my own set.
    – Matt
    Mar 25, 2015 at 20:57
  • Here's my contribution for worst idea: an upcut spiral router bit for upvote and a downcut spiral router bit for downvote!
    – rob Mod
    Apr 8, 2015 at 20:54

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I believe graphic design elements like this are usually done when a site graduates from Public Beta to being a full site - that's the biggest part of that process. You also get a better icon and specific colors/background/etc.

From what I recall, they have some graphic designers on staff who propose a design when it's close to graduation time, and then we have an opportunity to provide feedback then. But that's months and probably years away. :)

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    I should think we are getting a little ahead of ourselves with this right now. Still not bad to at least consider.
    – Matt
    Mar 20, 2015 at 0:42
  • Ah, but look at question #6: blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/…
    – FreeMan
    Mar 20, 2015 at 18:15
  • Hmm.. I might take a stab at this then.
    – Matt
    Mar 23, 2015 at 14:12
  • Keep the ideas flowing guys! Any artifacts you post in meta will be considered when our team gets the go ahead to provide the custom design for your site.
    – Courtny
    Jun 15, 2015 at 15:20

I have zero graphic design skill, but what about a dovetail profile around the up/down arrows and a round saw blade (circular saw/table saw/miter saw) around the star? We could also have a 4- or 6-pointed star with some stacked dado chippers, but I wonder if that could be made to look abstract enough for newcomers to realize it's supposed to be a clickable star.

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    Maybe use the circular saw blade as the badge icon, and a hammer as the favorite. You know, tack it in place! Of course, that's not particularly intuitive...
    – FreeMan
    Mar 19, 2015 at 16:49
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    I like the saw idea for the badge icon too, but maybe we should stick with the star for favorites, since it's more universally used.
    – Doresoom
    Mar 19, 2015 at 17:35

I am reasonably certain that site theming does not occur until a site has officially "graduated." It will be a while until that happens, at which point the SE Design Team will give the site a makeover.

  • When the time comes, can you point them to this thread for some ideas?
    – FreeMan
    Mar 25, 2015 at 18:00
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    @FreeMan when the time comes I'll shall be here :)
    – Jin
    Mar 25, 2015 at 18:16

I was thinking having a table saw (top third of the blade over a line) for the upvote and a circular hand saw (bottom third of the blade, under a line) for the downvote. Although dovetails are nice, too.

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