I have been writing this blog for nearly a year now, and I have been using the same format and style sheet pretty much the whole time. I have changed a few colors here and there, but stuck with the basic black background and white lettering for no other reason than I thought it looked good.
However it recently came to my attention that some of you, my friends and followers, have a hard time reading the white text on the dark background. In order to make sure that my posts are as easy to follow as possible, I am conducting a test. For the rest of the week I am going to change the look of the page three times. You, the reader, get to pick how it will look. I will post each new page for 24 hours, and the page style that receives the most “likes” will be the one that I use in the future.
Thanks for participating in this test- Ready, Set, Vote!
We’ll get back to the thrilling adventure of transition as soon as we pick a new page…
I agree that black text on a light background is easier on the eyes than white on dark. In terms of style, I like some of the traditional typewriter fonts, but for business correspondence I use Arial / Helvettica because it seems clean-cut and easier to read.
Perhaps you’ve opened a can of worms. If the vote is evenly split, then 2/3 of the voters will be disappointed that you didn’t take their advice. 😉 I suppose that is the lonely role of a great leader!
Fair winds and following seas!
Thanks, Vance! I am eager to see which style wins…
Mike, for what it is worth, I really like this new layout. But regardless of what layout you settle for, content wins over style everyday. That’s why I read your work… Bill
Thanks Bill! I like it too…
I will agree that the dark lettering on the lighter background is easier to read. In terms of style, the white letters on the black background were kind of symbolic “finding the light in the darkness”. At least that was my brains interpretation of what you were going for stylistically. Of course I might have read too much into that detail. Honestly, whatever you chose I will continue to read as the content is why I come back to your blog.
I too favor black on a white or light background. As I do a quick check of what I regularly read online, Times New Roman seems best on a white background. Arial or Helvetica are often on light backgrounds and also read well. Hopefully either is in at least 12pt 🙂 Relevant to your test: http://uxmovement.com/content/when-to-use-white-text-on-a-dark-background/
Thanks- interesting link. I appreciate the insight!
I like the style as it is right now!