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It can either be a matter of the context or simply a choice of visual style. If the form is displayed in the same context as other elements on the view (promotion message, login form, etc.) it can be a good idea to frame it in order to visually map it as a unity to the user and yield closure of completion. This is the case for eg. the Twitter sign up view: ...


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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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Visually the box provides a grouping of the elements - Grouping the form fields, making them distinct from the rest of the content. Working on the gestalt principle of closure. That box is usually the fieldset element of the HTML. It's not clear from your example, but fieldsets usually go around related elements, so you could have multiple in a form. The ...


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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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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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Unlike the other responders, I don't find it nauseating at all, and have been annoyed by situations with gray ambiguity in the past and resorted to creating a new layer solid contrast color by hand.  I certainly wouldn't make it the only option, but if it's readily toggleable it could be useful to a good many users. The speed is a bit fast, and I can see ...


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I don't know how useable the animation would be, it might make it tricky to spot probelms as it's always moving, I would just offer a few background options, Checked, Black, White and maybe a bright green/pink.


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This is a question that can possibly related to Gestalt grouping. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principles_of_grouping The box simply is a way, visually, to tie elements together. There are multiple ways of grouping elements but I think the most common we see is proximity and using elements to create visual containers. The same principles aren't just for ...



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