Dark mode has recently taken over our electronics. We love that it’s finally being embraced by the masses and we’re here to help you decide how and when to use it. Dark mode changes the entire interface of your cell phone or computer to a dark grey. If you love your phone’s Night Light setting, you’re going to appreciate the transition to dark mode. Say goodbye to bright, glowing backgrounds!
You may have noticed that dark mode appeared on your apps first, but expect it to make its full appearance with your next update. In late September, Apple released Mojave OS that included dark mode settings. On Android, dark mode can be activated by going to your Settings > Display > Theme > Dark. Popular apps that display in dark mode include Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack and Google Maps. If you’re as committed to all of Google’s apps as we are, you’ll notice they all have the option.
The Benefits of Dark Mode
In a low light situation, dark mode can seriously improve readability. This helps users who are looking at displays at night. It’s a setting that has been long utilized by coders and developers. “I love the fact that dark mode emits less blue light, which means less eye fatigue and less disruption to my sleep cycle,” said our software developer, Rob. Since we look at screens for more than 10 hours a day, the concern over eye fatigue is real. Dark mode won’t eliminate fatigue entirely but it will help immensely.
Dark mode should also be used as you turn down the lights for the night. We’ve all heard (and ignored) the suggestion of no screens before bed but light exposure does play a role in your sleep habits because light suppresses melatonin. If you suffer from migraines, dark mode might also be a great option for you.
Dark Mode and Design
Will the desire for dark mode leak into design? Considering we’ve been designing websites and social media feeds for a white background leads us to think it might. White space, or negative space, is also one of the original principles of design. It allows the viewer visual rest between elements and it adds balance to the design. Now, social media platforms are embracing dark mode. Instagram accounts featuring photos with white borders and brightly colored highlight icons will now have to consider what their accounts look like if their user is viewing in dark mode. The increased contrast could interrupt the intended aesthetic.
Like most things, dark mode has a time and a place. We suggest it for nighttime viewing and for those of us who stare at displays for the majority of our day.