I’m suffering from design

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It’s been getting harder for me to read things on my phone and my laptop. I’ve caught myself squinting and holding the screen closer to my face. I’ve worried that my eyesight is starting to go.

These hurdles have made me grumpier over time, but what pushed me over the edge was when Google’s App Engine console — a page that, as a developer, I use daily — changed its text from legible to illegible. Text that was once crisp and dark was suddenly lightened to a pallid gray. Though age has indeed taken its toll on my eyesight, it turns out that I was suffering from a design trend… More at Backchannel.

A fascinating article which explains why much of the web just drifts by when you are staring at it for long periods. Very interesting.

4 thoughts on “I’m suffering from design

  1. I have sympathy for people who struggle with what is almost certainly a designer trend kind of thing, done just to make a page feel a bit more hip. I’m crossing my fingers that the trend doesn’t take a cue from AMOLED-tuned screens and start putting light text on black or very dark backgrounds; for many people with astigmatism, that’s a recipe for dancing afterimages everywhere. (To the extent that sometimes I “Select All” text on a dark site in the hopes that the selected text background is a more balanced color.)

    • I still think black on white works best on every single website. Shame so many webmasters don’t agree in the search for uniqueness.

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