Don't get me wrong, but I'm getting slightly annoyed by the tiny Google+ icon right below the voting controls, in the er... social bar. The size is OK, but the color... well:

The icon

I swear, at first I thought it was a bounty added to the question. We are used to see red elements as important stuff, but I don't know, the G+ color is quite distracting.

Both Facebook and Twitter icons have light colors, almost as if blending to the background. But the G+ one is certainly drawing my attention. It's screaming "look at me look at me!" :)

I'd like to suggest to lighten up the icon a little, like the following image:


It looks more discreet to me.

Sorry for the rant. It's the red color effect. :)

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    It seems that the state of your request is "status-declined": meta.stackexchange.com/questions/120436/…
    – lockstep
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 20:18
  • @lockstep: wow, you are fast! :) Maybe @Jin could lighten up the Google+ icon for us; the other icon blend nicely. Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 20:26
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    Indeed, the red icon is too eye-catching! Having it a little less red would be better. Ironically I was the guy which requested it (however, not in any specific color). Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 21:33
  • Well, but perhaps it will persuade Jin & Co that requests are coming from various sites all over the network. I entirely share your resentment against the color.
    – doncherry
    Commented Jan 28, 2012 at 9:39
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    @Martin: the Google+ icon is a very good idea! :) Maybe the current icon would look better on a dark theme based SE site, like Gaming. :) Commented Jan 28, 2012 at 9:54
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    @doncherry: I think the color change is doable. :) I removed my other suggestion of moving the social bar elsewhere, so Jeff won't kill me. :) Commented Jan 28, 2012 at 9:57
  • Sorry about all the confusion. :) As you can see, we spoke directly with our designer. I hope you're all happy with the result. :D
    – Aarthi
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 15:58

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I have desaturated the red in G+ by 30%. It will be in the next production build. (you may have to do a hard refresh).


Another option is to use an ad-filtering browser plugin and flag the offending icon as an ad. Then you don't have to look at anything you find too overtly attention-seeking.

  • Good idea! I've never thought of that. :) Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 8:32
  • This worked great at first, but now the horizontal rules for the main navigation bar won't load.
    – Audrey
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 20:28

What about "inverting" it? A quick mockup: enter image description here

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