Fairly straight forward question, but I could not find any answers to it. Are there any known statistics regarding screen calibration & readability?

Are there any colors to avoid where screen calibration can create readability issues.

I was looking at the monitors in our office, the 'design team' has perfectly calibrated monitors. However, while walking around I noticed that others not on the design team have badly calibrated monitors. I noticed that some designs were 'harder to read' because of these badly calibrated monitors.

The contrast ratio of the design is AA. But I have a feeling that the bad calibration reduced the visual contrast somewhat.

There are plenty of guides showing 'how to calibrate your screen' however I could not find anything regarding the effect of bad calibration on UI / Design.


While I don't have any statistics on hand, I do have some personal experience with this.

In the past I used to be really finicky about screen calibration but I learned that with the exception of photographers/video editors, perfect calibration is not that important.

I actually had a conversation with a world-class motion designer a few weeks ago and talked about this and he told me that he still uses a monitor from 2009 and never had problems.

So if a company has the budget to buy new and performant monitors that display colors with high-fidelity that go ahead. But it should not be a top priority.

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