Hey! I'm a moderator at the PCGamingWiki and have found a huge amount of use in the SteamDB. Your work has helped me a lot in my work there as well as finding games for personal use (Your Sales tracker is killing me this week).
Anyway, on the PCGW we include the favicon for your site in every article's infobox (if the respective game is available on Steam). I was wondering why the current, three-dimensional "stack" favicon was chosen over the previous black gear from a few days ago. It's hardly my place to comment, but I feel like the new favicon doesn't work very well for multiple reasons. First, it's three-dimensional(ish) despite the site's aesthetic being almost completely flat. General web and UI design in general has been moving toward a flat aesthetic for a while, so I don't completely understand the motivation behind a three-dimensional logo/favicon. My second problem with it is that it doesn't resemble anything, as far as I know. If it is supposed to, it's not particularly obvious to the layman. The gear worked very well, in my opinion, because it fit with the idea of a technical product related with Steam. It also worked with the Steam "piston" logo, as both the gear and piston are similar in their usages.
Anyway, I just wanted to hear the logic as to why you felt the most recent icon was better than the previous black gear, which I personally preferred. In the end, it is just a preference, so my opinion doesn't mean a huge deal as to which logo should be used.
Thanks for posting!
I wasn't aware PCGW was using the gear icon. The gear icon was a temporary solution for a favicon as we didn't have a logo that would work at such a small resolution. The gear was not good for larger logo either as it was way too simple. We really wanted something more distinctive and something that would be linked to us and would not be confused with an official Valve/Steam product (like the gear might have).
We feel the current logo/icon is more "SteamDB" than any logo we had before as it represents a Steam logo and a database icon (I understand this might not be clear to the layman) and works at all kinds of resolution so we can use it for everything.
In any case, thanks for letting us know what you think. We always appreciate it as long as it's in a constructive form (and yours was!).
Fair enough, we switched to it when it was added I believe. Someone must have noticed the updated favicon and changed it. Perhaps something that looks more like a server or desktop computer would work better as a visual metaphor for a database? That's what I'd imagine, at least. Something more square, with harder edges.
Of course, that's up to you as I don't have nearly as much experience in what a database is like and what you feel the icon should portray to its users.
Thanks for the response!
The cylinder/segmented cylinder symbol is common enough to be considered the defacto standard for representing a DBMS. Using this motif isn't a bad choice, even if there are those out there who aren't familiar with it, IMO. The decision to pursue this approach was made before I started working on anything, but I support it ^_^
For trivia's sake, I believe it's meant to represent a multi-platter storage device.
It looks kinda stupid to me too as i have black theme on browser:
@Legitti That's the old one
I must say I like the new favicon, it is far more distinctive.
Still looks stupid on black theme base.
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