On the Virtues of Dark UIs

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I never liked dark UIs.

I love white backgrounds; crisp white UIs were 1 anathema to my dark former Android soul.

All my iPhones and iPads have been silver with white faces. White is chic. You get the idea.

When I was programming in Coda 2 on my Mac when I just started doing it, the UI was white. I showed someone a screenshot of it and they joked, real programmers use dark editors.

I couldn’t fathom that. I tried it. I didn’t like it. Not at first. But I added a theme to my editor called Monokai and the color. The contrast of the colorful fonts and functions, methods, etc, on a dark background hooked me.

Dark Everything

As someone who sits in front of a computer for long periods during the day, I need something that will take the strain off my eyes 2.

Dark UIs are perfect for this. And as you can see, I have it pretty much everywhere.

atom_editor
Atom
dash_docs
Dash Docs
omnifocus
OmniFocus Custom Theme
ulysses_text_editor
Ulysses

 


  1. I still love crisp white UIs. iOS is a boon to me in this way. 
  2. I squint. A lot. I attribute that to computer use and age.