I saw some youtube comments mentioning that anything less than #FFF on a dark colour is poor contrast for accessibility. I think this dogma is pretty severe, there's literally a grey area here.
Yeah, if it's on black then #999 text is still AAA compliant under 18pt. The way this dude talks about things being easier to read is a bit naive though. I think he means that it's easier on the eyes. Which i think has more to do with a preference for a conservative style and less about legibility.
Terrific review. One thing — there's no way a global corp like Apple is getting away with inaccessible light grey on a dark grey background for core feature copy like Dann preferred. (it did look nice, though)
This is a side note to any designers reading through this thread, but I find the below a great tool to put context around how accessible your colour contrasts are. It's a regular in my design process to ensure i'm meeting standards, but sometimes boundaries shift a touch depending on the target audience
there's also tons of great ways to do this programmatically for the development folks out there, a favorite being http://jxnblk.com/colorable/
Hey Dan, is the grey text on grey readable to people looking at this site with impediments—say outside or at night?
I appreciate this level of review on web designs. Hope this becomes a regular style of review.
I enjoyed the video also and would like to see more similar content.
I did get same ideas as others have mentioned here. Grey text looks nice but what about accessible? What are apple guidelines you need to follow.
I have found out from my own projects that in many times good design can be ruined by outside factors. Copy text goes x3 longer. Somebody finds out some old style guide what states that for #000 background you can use only #fff text. And so are the final designs born.
So I am wondering do we have content where designers explain their process and decisions deeply?
I enjoyed it as well