11 comments

  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 5 years ago

    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple introduces a Day/Night mode API or at least iOS app UI adapting one of these days. Night Shift helps, but it is still a horrifying experience setting your alarm late at night and being blinded by the all white UI.

    If they do that I bet a lot of apps will take advantage of it. Then again its not hard to just use time of day or outside brightness to switch a boolean value and change your UI.

    3 points
    • Joe Blau, over 5 years ago

      I've written one a few times. It's not that hard, all you need is your GPS coordinates and some math which is pretty easy to find online.

      3 points
  • Joe Blau, over 5 years ago

    This does look good. I also like the @Wojtek Witkowski comment about contextually modifying the interface based on time of the day would be awesome.

    2 points
  • Arix KingArix King, over 5 years ago

    In every photography class I ever took, it was always "mat your photos on white." I think that—since Instagram is a photo app—the white background is what you need to really show the images in the best environment. Ultimately, a night mode for Instagram would be a feature that would be bloat to their goals to just satisfy a small part of their user base.

    1 point
    • Duke CavinskiDuke Cavinski, over 5 years ago

      This is totally traditionally true, but I feel like Instagram is sort of moving away from being completely photo centric. The dark background here would probably help mute the rest of the text/comments and thus making the images pop more than the white, so I agree that a dark mode probably works against their goals.

      3 points
    • Weston VierreggerWeston Vierregger, over 5 years ago

      I disagree. Matting is just a way to give the print ground to stand on - the way light works in the physical world is very "subtractive", i.e. objects suck light in. That's why black mattes are bad for art, they fight against it by pulling it's light in while white mattes are a lot easier for the art to fight against, the white matte helps boost the color.

      On a digital screen, the opposite is true because illuminated pixels are "additive" -- they don't pull light in and reflect it back to you, it is self-lit. So, a bright white screen is actually very different from a white matte, it's actively distracting. I tend to think this is why many photo-centric apps on mobile and desktop utilize dark UIs (e.g. Lightroom, Affinity Photo, Pixelmator, Polarr, iMovie, VSCO...) by default, and why I have my Photoshop and Illustrator UIs turned dark.

      I do like the general UI of the new Instagram better, I don't buy the fact that the "light" UI puts more focus on the photos. I just think a dark UI is too cold, generally, for a brand like Instagram to own and embrace - white, even though it's worse, is still a lot friendlier than the alternative. I'd love a toggle or option, though. Best of both worlds? :)

      6 points
  • Xavier BertelsXavier Bertels, over 5 years ago

    OmniFocus, Instapaper and iBooks do this in a very smart way and I love it :)

    1 point
  • Nirmal Dodanwala, over 2 years ago

    It is very beautiful, Instagram night mode is my favorite

    https://expresbio.blogspot.com

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  • Mustafa DemirkentMustafa Demirkent, over 5 years ago

    Nice one Kaan!

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  • Sanid JusicSanid Jusic, over 5 years ago

    If I have some free time this weekend I will decompile the android app and change the colors and stuff to make it look like this on my phone. Could be fun :)

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  • Rob MasefieldRob Masefield, over 5 years ago

    Makes perfect sense.

    I, for one, would switch it to night mode 24/7.

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