Is Dark Mode Technically Better? No, But That’s Not The Point

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Since Apple introduced Dark Mode in iOS 13 we’ve had a wave of people arguing that dark mode isn’t better for legibility, it could made reading worse on your eyes, et cetera et cetera. But I think they’re missing the point. I’m sure it’s subjective but staring into a searing white screen is worse than staring into a dark screen at night, and I don’t care how many “experts” pull a “well, ackshually.” Speaking of searing white screens, using as much white space as possible in web design has been popular for the last several years and it’s probably a reason why everyone wanted dark mode in the first place. Some web designers tend to prize aesthetics over readability. I’m looking at you Jony Ive.

So yes, you can have the Wednesday Adams aesthetic on your phone interface too. But at this point, it seems to be just that—about the looks.

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  1. archimedes

    Agreed with everyone. I have used a dark color scheme in Terminal as well as Xcode, WriteRoom and other editors for years. I use dark mode > 90% of the time on macOS. On iOS, I have yet to turn it off, but I may do so at some point if I am using my iPhone in an extremely bright outside environment.

  2. archimedes

    Agreed with everyone. I have used a dark mode in Terminal as well as WriteRoom (and other editors) for years. I use dark mode 90% of the time on macOS. I have yet to turn it off on iOS, but I may do so if I end up using my iPhone outside a lot.

  3. makeitup

    Must admit, I initially didn’t like dark mode – felt awkward – but after spending time editing photos, for which it is helpful, I’ve gotten accustomed to it and prefer it. Indeed, much easier on the eyes. Just took an adjustment period but now I use it on Macs and iOS.

  4. Lee Dronick

    “Some web designers tend to prize aesthetics over readability.”

    Light grey text on white, small sized text at that,

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