Preface: I personally prefer high-contrast. I hate the trends of flat, grey-on-grey, low-contrast designs. I use the Dark Background Light Text browser plugin. I just turn it off for Snowdrift.coop because I want to see the normal design in this case.
This complaint was first brought up by @chreekat in terms of his broadly having difficulty distinguishing sections (where action items are, what’s framing vs core content) in stuff like our wiki and elsewhere.
I noticed that our Discourse theme is lacking in visual distinction and contrast compared to default themes shown at meta.discourse.org. Notes:
- Their site, the categories all have different colored highlight bars (and squares for smaller listings) next to the name, making skimming easier
- They use a range of reds to greys highlighting activity
- They use grey to diminish structural things with more black-on-white for the core titles
- Our green-on-white text is on the low-contrast side for me, not as bad as they grey-on-white but not as clear as the black-on-white
- The bold red block with inverted white text makes it clearer what filter is active compared to our blue with underline
- They have clear hover effects with grey boxes or red box around sort and filter choices in the main view, whereas we have either nothing or subtle text color change
So, general request for improved contrast overall, both generally and considering some of the points above.