My name is Phoebe, and I’m the product designer working on the site theme for the MVM&R community. After researching and reading through your ideas, I’m excited to share a draft of the new site theme. Thank you for being patient with us.
We wanted to make sure the theme represented the eye-catching, visual aspects of cars, while still keeping an emphasis on the technical aspects of car maintenance and wrenching.
We decided to go with a traditional racing red color, and some shades of gray and silver to reference the typical metallic shades you might find in mechanic tools.
Header, badges, and favicon
For the header design, we incorporated simple red racing stripes with metallic typography. Since the site title is quite long, we've stacked the words “Maintenance & Repair” to allow for better readability on both desktop and mobile. This means that the phrase “Motor Vehicle” is emphasized. We would love to hear any feedback on how that emphasis feels, along with whether racing stripes feel appropriate here.
For the badge icons, we’ve gone with wrenches. We tried some other icons such as the check engine light, and a steering wheel, but at the small badge size the wrench had the most identifiable and unique shape.
The favicon uses the same racing stripes as the header image.
Since we didn’t want to overdo any references to racing, we used an engine diagram schematic for the background. And finally, here’s a screenshot of what the page would look like with all the elements together:
We loved the idea from the community to use the empty parking space as a 404 page, and did our best to find a similar, appropriate stock image:
We hope you enjoy this design, but if something doesn’t feel right, now is your chance to share your feedback. This window for feedback will be open for one week. We will then work to incorporate feedback as best as we can, finalize things on our end, and lastly, deliver the design to your site.