Little Black Book Features Insights from L+R's Joe Taylor for Designing in Dark Mode

May 22, 2023

by Rena O'Brien

L+R's UIX Designer & Developer, Joe Taylor, was recently featured in Little Black Book's article "Designing for the Dark Side" alongside other notable UX designers from companies such as R/GA, Re (M&C Saatchi Group), Tank Design, Media.Monks, VMLY&R, Momentum Worldwide, Wunderman Thompson UK, Cheil UK, and Build in Amsterdam.

According to the article, many believe dark mode’s increasing popularity could lead to more brands adopting a “dark-first” approach. However, dark mode design requires more than simply inverting black and white.

As Taylor notes, designing for dark mode entails preserving text legibility and achieving enough contrast for visual elements to maintain separation. He emphasizes the importance of prioritizing content and focusing on whether the design suits the brand rather than concentrating solely on the color mode. According to Taylor, centering UI design on accessibility and content is essential when designing in either light or dark mode to ensure the UI effectively connects the brand with the end user.

Our approach to UI being in 'dark mode' is to work with opacities, shades of white, and to use accessibility checkers throughout our process - and as usual, put the content first. It's not about the 'color mode;' it's about the brand and the connection between digital product and user.

Joe Taylor
UIX Designer & Developer

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