Backchannel: How the Web Became Unreadable

Oooh, I hate this trend: How the Web Became Unreadable. “Text that was once crisp and dark was suddenly lightened to a pallid gray. Though age has indeed taken its toll on my eyesight, it turns out that I was suffering from a design trend.
There’s a widespread movement in design circles to reduce the contrast between text and background, making type harder to read. Apple is guilty. Google is, too. So is Twitter.” Maybe this is one of the consequences of the tech industry tending to hire the fairly young: they don’t realize how annoying and unreadable gray text on an off-white background is. “But I can read it fine!” Come back in 25 years and tell me that, Sparky.

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