Blue Text on Black Background- Bet on Complaints

Working on a large scale intranet, I am forced to look at blue text on a black background. A big time fancy design firm came up with the idea, the VP’s bought into the layout, and it’s not going to change. There is nothing I can do.

Doing user testing, studying focus group answers from surveys, and reading user feedback emails, I can only guess the design firm does not specialize in developing websites.

Black Text on White Background

Sure, everyone does it, black text on a white background. Boring you say. Maybe so, but that is about the only complaint you will ever get about it.

Put blue text on a black background on a busy website, and you will get emails like:

  • I have trouble reading the text
  • the text is too small (even though its default is 1.2 em or 12px) – It’s not small text creating the problem, it’s poor contrast
  • the webmaster is an idiot – why would you do that they ask
  • the webmaster is an idiot – I have heard it more than once
  • it hurts my eyes

The list goes on, and doing more user testing tomorrow, I am sure to hear some more complaints about it.

So the lesson here…don’t be afraid to use black text on a white background. It may be a little bit boring, but that is the only complaint you will ever get.

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