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How the Web Became Unreadable

I thought my eyesight was beginning to go. It turns out, I’m suffering from design.

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Google’s App Engine console before — old-fashioned but clear
Google’s App Engine console after — modern, tiny, and pallid
Contrast as modeled in 2008
Apple’s guidelines for developers.

The sharp contrast of black on white can create visual artifacts or increase eye strain. (The opposite is also true. This is fairly subjective, but still worth noting.)

A color is a color isn’t a color…
…not to computers…and not to the human eye.

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