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Contrary to the other answers in here, I'd say there's nothing particularly wrong about your site's color choices. We spend all day looking at light backgrounds and dark text (MS Word, StackExhcange, lots of IDEs, etc.) I have a hunch people aren't complaining about the colors on your site. They're complaining that you changed the design of their site. ...


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What causes the issue is staring at a very bright background continuously. This causes the cells at your retina to get tired, which makes reading almost impossible. There are two fixes: Avoid using large very bright backgrounds (duh!). Any large surface should be something other than bright white. Variation. The issue is not really caused by something ...


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It looks like you have improved the UI that it is actually more readable now than before. You have changed from serif font to sans-serif which increases readability on screens. The factors that effect readability are the following: Choosing a legible font With legible font size Sufficient contrast The right length of lines Distinct sections ...


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I think what could be happening is that combined with the change from serif to san-serif and the use of quite a black font on a virtually white background is causing a ghosting contrast problem especially when moving on to sites with quite a light font. The sans-serif font results overall in more ink on the page because the strokes are a constant width, so ...


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Terms that could be applicable: noise (the specific tool often used in photoshop) textured background (more generic term, but most graphic designers would know what you are referring to. Alternatively: subtle texture grainy (a term that comes from 'film grain')


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I use the "light noise background". But I think this term might be too technical for clients and non-designer/non-frontend colleagues. I'm not sure there is a common, standardized term for it right now. Not in the way we had it with the "brushed metal texture" or "skeumorphic trend".


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It's generally known as "[type] mask" where type could be noise, blur, vibrancy, etc. See vibrancy and blur techniques for iOS8 that applies to your scenario, background techniques for iOS7 and Masks in UIVisualEffectView documentation by Apple Please note that I'm taking your SO question as guidance and hwo to make this programatically. If you mean in ...


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The colors, although helpful, are not that important. I would use full-blue (That is, #0000FF, or rgb 000,000,255), but mainly focus on a font that is not distracting, and is easy to read (Don't be using exo on a text editor), and make it easily readable (Within a size of 12-14em). This will ensure the user will have the most focused workspace, allowing them ...


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First you should think about the purpose for a background change instead of starting by looking the reasons for not doing so. Does it add any value to the user? Is that distinction really needed? If you want to change just one page you should have a good reason to do it, and you should take into account things like: What impression does cause the visual ...


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Consistency is always an important part of usability but that's not to say that some things can't change. It really depends on why you want the page to look different. For example, it is common for a website to use colour coding to identify different areas of a website, where things like text, headings and links all change colour. That helps users to ...


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I'm going to channel my inner Jakob Nielsen and say do not abuse your users' trust. Do not force them to download images (in this case video) that they didn't ask for. The average user is still on a 28.8 modem or at best 56.6 (um make that 3G or at best 4G LTE) and this will only interfere with your users access to your content. If the user wants it he can ...



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