I didn't give too much attention to the page design when I first start to follow WB, and now that I notice it, it just got stuck in my mind.

Is the background image used in WB based to an specific story/book/movie that already exist? If this is the case, I would like to know to which one, just to know more about it.

I also noticed that some of the artwork change if you are in the meta-section:

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Is there a special reason for this?

Also, I don't know if this question was already made/answered, so sorry if this is the case.

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    $\begingroup$ That was part of Kurtis's multiverse idea. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Nov 30, 2016 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ oh thanks!, that's pretty interesting $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2016 at 19:53
  • $\begingroup$ The dress the small person on the upper image is wearing is most certainly a Czech flag. $\endgroup$
    – user22613
    Dec 3, 2016 at 8:27
  • $\begingroup$ It seems that the Main pace is scifi, and the Meta page is fantasy. $\endgroup$ Dec 7, 2016 at 18:28

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Kurtis Beavers, the SE team member who created our site design, explained the background: Worldbuilding Site Design Updates: March 15. The idea of varying main and meta, beyond just the gray-scale transformation used on most sites, was quite intentional.

The design isn't based on a specific, pre-existing work, but after Kurtis shared the original design a Worldbuilding user, Joe Bloggs, wrote The Lost Builder based on it. Kurtis just might be the first person whose SE design work has inspired fan fiction.


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