I think the logo should be shifted slightly into the (1,1) direction (45 degrees), i.e. up and to the right. The bounding box may be centred perfectly, but the character inside the circle looks lopsided.


It should be a bit more subtle than this, but the circle being 40x40 pixels (the あ being 22x22), a shift of one pixel up and one pixel to the right (or one pixel up) already looks better (to me):

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  • I'm not sure about this... take a look: cl.ly/443L271w1n47
    – Paweł
    Jun 8, 2016 at 14:17
  • @Paweł I wonder if it'd be better when the あ go (x,y) = (0, -0.5). Jun 8, 2016 at 16:07
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    I imagine Earthliŋ was using traditional coordinates where (1,1) is up and to the right, not inverted coordinates where (1,1) is down and to the right.
    – user1478
    Jun 8, 2016 at 18:53
  • @snailplane Right, with (x,y) I meant x to the right and y up. (This is also what my vector graphics software uses.) I guess for HTML people use inverted coordinates, so that the origin is at the top left (rather than the bottom left)...?
    – Earthliŋ Mod
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:08
  • What if you moved it up, but not to the right?
    – user1478
    Jun 14, 2016 at 13:56
  • @snailplane Added this option. I feel it should be somewhere between these two (maybe closer to the one you suggested).
    – Earthliŋ Mod
    Jun 14, 2016 at 14:28
  • Ooh, like up 0.75 pixels, right 0.25 pixels maybe?
    – user1478
    Jun 15, 2016 at 4:20
  • Good & detailed question; typically, it is correct for characters to be centered correctly
    – M H
    Nov 6, 2020 at 7:07

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The left logo is how I think it should look, the right one is the current one (with centred bounding boxes). Small & large

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Relative to the old one (blue)

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I personally have a feeling that the あ should go up a bit.

And when we're at it, I'd like to mention the font of あ too.

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It seems that letter shape of the current design (on left) is a simple modification of that on earlier draft (on right), but the bottom part becomes a little cramped because of the protrusion.

I'd like to vote for replacing the font as in the original advice by HiruneDiver, so that it'd look more in. (I personally prefer 源ノ角ゴシック and 源柔ゴシック, but it doesn't matter.) If you're concerned about legibility, you could just keep the favicon size icon as the status quo (it's already different from bigger icon, isn't it?), because the problem is unnoticeable in smaller size.

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