Everything Needs a Dark Theme

Listen here. Dark mode isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. It’s what stops you from burning your eyes out in the night at 2am.

All apps and websites need to have a dark theme that’s optional. Because not only does it make me appreciate and love you a little more, it means my eyelids don’t suddenly shut themselves closed in shock of all the white light that just violated my damn retina.

But more importantly, it means that you can design this dark theme however you want. People won’t attempt to fix and consequently violate the beautiful design you painstakingly slaved away on.

Example of people making a rather good fix and yet making bad effects on certain apps/websites:

A Chrome extension called TLV Night Mode.

It usually holds up well on its basic task of making the background black and turning the text into fancy colours so they’re legible, but everything else like web animations and text boxes just turn into an eyesore.

Here’s some evidence of how some beautifully crafted websites are being destroyed because we want dark mode.

Exhibit A: Evernote

I can’t deny that Evernote slipping the dark mode function into their Premium plan was sneaky and does tick me off, and I’ve had to experiment with a couple of themes when it came to this website.

Normal Evernote, nothing strange here.

Too bad that didn’t work out.

why.

Exhibit B: WordPress

I write quite late in the night, between 11pm – 2am. And in those times my eyes want to die and there’s only so much f.lux can do, so dark mode is my only solution.

…well, that or just write it at another time but there’s no fun in that.

where the disney channel flow tho

You turn dark mode and bam.

Text section is all white, which kinda defeats the purpose of why I need the dark mode here, and the darkness cuts off randomly in the middle. It’s a real pain, that’s for sure.

“Yeah but what does this prove?”

To the devs, I’m just trying to prove that adding your own dark theme option is way better as it doesn’t destroy your design and it’s easier on the eyes too.

I had no intentions towards dissing this extension, in fact it works really well if you get the colour theme right for you. The best one I’ve seen requires a “small donation” which gives me terrible flashbacks of horrible time-and-life-consuming mobile games with microtransactions of £1 so you can get more diamonds.

(yeah that was aimed at you – you know who you are.)

This extension does work really well, and helps fill in the gaps that most websites don’t bother to do. There are some worse versions out there, believe me. It’s certainly not the greatest thing, but it’ll do.

Anything to stop my eyes from being stabbed by bright lights and blue wavelengths of light that apparently steal whatever sleep I had in the first place.

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#MakeFlickrGreatAgain

Ever since March 2016, Flickr’s greatest features were only available if you paid. The incredible Auto-Uploadr is gone, and I still damn miss it.

This certainly was a business move, to accentuate the portrayal of Flickr being a photographer’s hipster social network, not a backup to dump memes in. I see their point, but a hobbyist like me and my brother just can’t be bothered to spend £57.72 (during time of writing this blog) annually. And if you’re giving us 1TB of free storage, I’m sure people will still be committed to upload junk there – whatever clears up their phone at least.

Auto-Uploadr was such a huge convenience to us, and even though we have fast internet, the web upload tool is such a pain in the *** and it’s almost as if they purposefully did this to entice us to pay.

That’s why I’m enraged, because I’m trying to put up some of my best work and this uploader is screwing things up for me. It’s either the photos timing out, or the upload bar not moving a single inch for hours.

I’ve literally waited a whole weekend for just 1 batch to upload. These strategic money-making moves aren’t gonna do you a favour, get it together Flickr.

So you removed the headphone jack but still get sales…

It’s absolutely unbelievable. One controversial thing has just been completely glossed over because the iPhone 7 came out. Really?

Apple removed the classic headphone jack, claiming that they want more space to place stereo speakers. I only use speakers to show people videos and that’s very rarely, I generally tend to use a headphone. Now they are rendered useless.

“but neshat du dangle comz wif du fone” Don’t care, how am I meant to charge and use my headphones all through one port?

Now if I get this pointless ounce of glass, it’s probably going to break quicker than my temper. EVEN APPLE MADE AN “OFFICIAL STATEMENT” OF HOW FRAGILE IT IS. Jeez, and what do they exaggerate? The cameras.

One is a telephoto and the other is a wide-angle, which sounds like something I would be interested in if I wanted to do photography like a hipster. Why not just slap a lens on the iPhone 6? Why not just use the Galaxy S7 or the Huawei P9?

Everyone raged about the AirPods (don’t get me started on that one) and how stupid dropping the headphone jack would be. But as soon as the keynote released with their only selling point would be more cameras and a fingerprint-magnet colour, all the haters went quiet. Not this hater.

What is there that’s new? The iPhone 6S had 12MP. Just grab a wide-angle lens and boom, you get the same deal but cheaper. I don’t mean to offend people but no consumer, except tech junkies, will understand what the hell an f1.8 aperture is. They literally just say things and emphasise on it as if it’s a new innovation of today, but God Apple just shut up.

“I can’t wait to get my hands on the iPhone 8, heard there’s no screens!” – an idiot.