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Do dark designs turn you off?

#1
Personally, I don't mind them. I know that's not exactly the norm, but they are easier on my eyes and look more modern to me. A website's design doesn't mean nearly as much to me as its content, however.

What are your general thoughts on websites with dark designs? Would you consider not participating in or visiting a website because of a dark design?
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#2
No, unless its content was dark at the same time.
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#3
I like them, but a lot of new ones being created all seem identical to me. As long as they mix it up a bit.
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(July 20th, 2014 at 7:28 PM)Guardian Wrote: I like them, but a lot of new ones being created all seem identical to me. As long as they mix it up a bit.

I agree. Lately I can't tell the difference from one "custom" dark design from another. I don't even see the point in doing a custom design when someone already has an inexpensive one that looks almost exactly like what you're about to design. Tongue

To be fair, I'm not sure I have much room to judge. I was picky enough to design my own theme despite there being a plethora of decent ones already "on the market" in the MyBB community. Tongue

Overall, I really don't mind them as long as they are modern and unique. I think it mixes things up a bit from what people expect to see, and that's a good thing.
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#5
Hate dark themes Smile absolutely hate them. I like light, modern, and/or sleek themes Smile
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#6
For me, dark themes are easy on my eyes, but if due to designer laziness, there is a big f'n white textbox in the middle of all that blackness, I have to resist falcon punching the d*** monitor.

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(July 19th, 2014 at 6:37 PM)AcoG000 Wrote: No, unless its content was dark at the same time.

You should look at my forum then. Definitely not the "norm".

I always use dark themes. lol
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(August 3rd, 2014 at 5:54 PM)zoldos Wrote:
(July 19th, 2014 at 6:37 PM)AcoG000 Wrote: No, unless its content was dark at the same time.

You should look at my forum then. Definitely not the "norm".

I like the use of the bright aqua text color in the links. It has a bold feel to it.
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(August 3rd, 2014 at 5:55 PM)Darth-Apple Wrote: I like the use of the bright aqua text color in the links. It has a bold feel to it.

Thanks! Smile
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#10
I too prefer dark themes, both from having had them on a site I used to run and when viewing web sites.

but then again I use terminals with a green text on black background...

I just like dark themes in general both online and offline... totally 80's cybeprunk man.
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#11
I find they often look... cleaner? I don't know it just seems easier to get right with them without them looking cluttered like lighter themes easily can. That said, I don't like dark themes for most niches, works well for select types of forums/as a secondary option. I don't like complete dark either, needs some light colour to spruce it up.
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#12
I think Dark themes are a lot harder to pull off. You have a lot less colours to play with. Realistically with a good dark design, other than text you can't really go anywhere near the colour white. That includes any lighter colours. With light themes you have a lot more choice and freedom.

Dark themes can be really nice but they have to be done right. 1 Little thing on a dark theme can change the whole feel of the design, because everything feels more "contained" and "together" in a sense.. Light sites have a "free" feeling to it, while a dark site feels more "contained"? Or am I talking nonsense? Tongue
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#13
for me it's more of a dark future vs bright future kinda thing Cyberpunk FTW! lol but as stated before I love dark themes for that reason.
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#14
Yes, they do. I generally don't visit websites or forums with dark/black themes unless there's something I need there. I generally view it as "unprofessional" in a sense.
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#15
dark themes are ok as long as the font is visable enough without squinting eyes. but all forums should have plain white default theme just in case
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#16
I've always thought green on black was nice, the balance seems palpable without being a turn off... h*** I once had a forum with that color pallet lol.
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