Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, all sites will share quite a bit of common elements so they feel like they're part of the Stack Exchange family.
First, early congrats on the upcoming launch! Also, I'd like to thank you for being so patient.
For the DIY/Home Improvement design, I used some familiar elements from real life. The design goal is to give that home improvement feel, but at the same time keep the site design clean. I tried not to make the design overly skeuomorphic. I believe what I came up with has a good balance.
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Please let me know your thoughts.