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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/morganpratt

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!

May 7, 2018

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Azouras

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

It is. 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.

Images here , here , here , and here. Add-on I used here


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/otsogutxi

What annoys me is that the red circle is not centered in the small bubble. It's slightly more to the top right.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

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...)

Images here , here , here , and here. Add-on I used here


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mari_d_s

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oOIIIOo

Interestingly, the flag only officially became the national flag of Japan in 1999.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WolkZayets

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

I use the custom Duolingo Dark Theme add-on for Firefox now so the flag doesn't blend in :)

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/duolingo-true-dark-theme/


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zenobiadavison

I think it's good how it is because then reasonably the Czech flag for example should have it too? Hmm...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NtateNarin

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!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carwile.brett

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mari_d_s

what if it wasnt on a white backgroud thoug?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaos_Hawk

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.

Images here , here , here , and here. Add-on I used here

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