Designers on Dark Mode: “I can’t see it going anywhere”

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The latest iOS update yielded with a Dark Mode feature for iPhones and native apps, which inverts process displays, from black writing on a white background to white scribble literary works on a black background. The feature has become popular with users, with asks that it is better for your eyes and that it can also save battery time. Is Dark Mode a passing fad, and should designers work with it in cancel from the mind?

“Some people swear by it, some child hate it, but ultimately now people have the choice, I can’t see Dark Mode booming anywhere. Developers should be capitalising on this freedom of having unusual modes now that users have been freed from the well-known paper white display, not being stubborn and maintaining the old ways.

Even if it should be driven by rationale behind what is genuinely better for the consumer — such as more readable, lower contrast in low light — not just by what alters with the brand guidelines.”

Jo Barnard, founder of Morrama


“Though Murky Mode appears to be a new trend, it has roots in the early days of computing. The primary operating systems used a Dark Mode system with green-on-black oversees. Dark mode was favoured because it’s highly accessible. The contrast induces less fatigue on a user’s eyes than a conventional white behind the scenes. Today, most developers still use Dark Mode settings for this saneness.

As digital design continues to mature, designers are iterating based on what’s win out over for the user not only in terms of UX, but holistically. The influx of Dark Mode is a notice that designers are beginning to value the role of cognitive improvements in secure design. For service tools like an email interface or a news pasturage — anything the user will engage with for long stretches of but, Dark Mode will help ease the strain on the eyes. In the expected, I expect we’ll see more operative systems switch automatically between enigmatic and light based on the lighting conditions of your environment.”

Francesco Bertelli, think of director at Work & Co


“I think it is a case of jumping on the bandwagon and you’ve got to ask yourself why? There are some environments where dark mode can be useful as it allows content to stand out while the adjacent UI recedes into the background. This works for the likes of Spotify and Netflix. In any case, for text heavy experiences, it hurts. It is harder to read and causes visual distortion for profuse people.

The key benefits come in low light conditions (but most phones be undergoing inbuilt features to deal with these conditions) and from an accessibility where one is coming from. For certain visual impairments, such as cataracts dark mode secures content can be viewed without the need for colour invert.”

Louise Croft Baker, big cheese of The UX agency


“As someone who has been using clumsy third-party Dark State add-ons before the feature became natively integrated into varied products, I don’t think it’s a fad. It offers purely functional benefits such as improving battery life for devices with OLED displays through to philosophical benefits like reducing the amount of sleep-disrupting blue light ejected to our eyes in the later hours of the day.

Of course we should design with Ignorant Mode in mind, offering users the option to toggle between slights on or off to suit their preferences and needs. It’s akin to an accessibility feature, singularly for the visually impaired whom Dark Mode is enabling to use technology they may not under other circumstances have been able to.”

David Friedmann, interaction designer at Else


“I look forward to we can use this opportunity to think beyond simply modifying the colour drafts of our existing products to reduce users eye strain and light pollution. Should our digital savoir vivres really just be the same, but darker to allow us to continue to consume the but content for longer?

There are unintended opportunities like improved battery lan vital and the visual appeal of colour in dark mode. But I think we need to keep up digging deeper into our users’ needs in these environments and lay open opportunities for more reflective experiences, helping us to find a better steady with technology for our digital wellbeing.”

Matthew Cockerill, design and alteration consultant


“I wouldn’t say Dark Mode is a fad. I think it depends on what you are crafty. For example, it could be beneficial for data visualisation. A few companies have been this — it makes the appearances pop and easily identifiable — but readability is reduced so it’s not ideal for news apps which are optimal with ebon text on a white background. We will definitely be working with the drawn in in mind but it’s dependent on who we are designing for and why.”

John Radford, founder of Borne 


“As tech companies frame smarter peripheral devices like speakers, headphones and watches, the apps we use destitution to adapt their outputs for different contexts of use. While Dark Wise can certainly save battery life on some devices we think it signals a huger shift towards designing dynamic apps which morph and hard cash based on their users needs.

As a design studio we strongly have faith in a calmer, more human approach to technology and we are really excited by what this means beyond varying colour schemes, as apps become liberated from standard dimensions and focus more on the experience they create.”

Clara and Adrian Westaway, co-founders of Unique Projects

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