Graphic design of the Japanese flag?
I've noticed that the little bubbles next to each person's name look really cool for every language--except Japanese. Don't get me wrong, I love the Japanese flag, but the white part just blends into a white background on the forums and gives the impression there is just a small red dot there.
Perhaps this could be tweaked slightly so that there is a thin border around the flag bubbles for each language or maybe the forum background could be slightly off-white. Nevertheless, looking forward to more improvements on the Japanese course!
I kinda like the way the Japanese flag looks; it sticks out, yet when you think about it, makes perfect sense. And I do believe it's a slightly different shade of white.
What annoys me is that the red circle is not centered in the small bubble. It's slightly more to the top right.
It might appear that way, but that's actually just how our eyes perceive the color red against a sharp-contrast background.
If there's any doubt, I used an add-on for my browser to double-check and confirmed that the distance between the edge of the red and the border of the icon is 3 pixels on each side. (well, the right side actually has a blended pixel at the border, so it's really more like 3.5 on the right side? But that would mean the red circle is actually a bit too much to the left...)
Originally the Japanese flag is made to be what Japan is: The Land of the Rising Sun. The dot is supposed to be the rising sun
Interestingly, the flag only officially became the national flag of Japan in 1999.
Actually, the Hi-no-Maru was officially adopted as the Japanese flag on February 27, 1870. The law was revised in 1999 to specify dimensions, exact colors, etc. But I doubt that many Japanese noticed. And when the Emperor and Empress came to visit my city back in 1997, I was given a Hi-no-maru flag (which I still have) to wave when their motorcade passed by the street corner I was standing on. It's essentially indistinguishable from the post-1999 flags.
According to this https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E3%81%AE%E5%9B%BD%E6%97%97#%E5%9B%BD%E6%97%97%E5%9B%BD%E6%AD%8C%E6%B3%95%E3%81%AE%E6%88%90%E7%AB%8B it wasn't official until 1999.
I use the custom Duolingo Dark Theme add-on for Firefox now so the flag doesn't blend in :)
I'm just imagining Duolingo making the entire bubble red to represent the flag. Granted, the flag isn't just a red color, but when you mix in the white background, it will look like a Japanese flag!
Really? That would be completely misrepresenting the flag? The bubble is supposed to represent the flag, not the background. I believe that the flag is perfectly fine as is. It contains both the white and red, which is what the actual flag has. . .not just the red.
I mean, it's not the same shade of white. The main white background of forum pages is mostly the colors #FFFFFF and #FEFEFE. However, the background color of the inner white part of the Japanese flag is made up of various light pink-ish white shades.