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    Hey everyone,

    Hope you all had a great weekend. I did. And now I am stumped.

    I have my webpage at http://www.samdiener.com. I am having a little bit of trouble with the text color. I used a theme from wordpress.com and now I am custom redoing it.

    I have two questions:

    1. I have been screwing around with the main text color and come up with this (light grey) to be easiest on all readers, do you all agree? (the white from the lifestream box was the original text color - too much contrast)

    2. On the lifestream widget on the side, I can't figure out where white color is coming from in the CSS. If you have google chrome, you can "inspect element," however I am not sure with other browsers. What do you all think?

    Thanks so much,

    Sam Diener

  • #2
    The whole site looks like an optical illusion to me. The text is really hard to read for me. It's quite small and kinda weird on that black background.
    Are you really wanting a black background?
    I have found in feedback sessions on websites that the best colours to go with are white, grey or beige as your background as they are easily read with black text.
    I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. ~ Kurt Cobain

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    • #3
      I was looking for something to be quite creative to impress recruiters quickly... I actually just transitioned it to more of a blogging form. Readability in this case is essential. However, I really do like the background. How does it look like an illusion?

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      • #4
        For main body content on the web there's no such thing as too much contrast. #999 is too dark to be legible and the font is very small. This is what you want your visitors to read - you need to make it easy for them.

        sidebar coloring is here:
        style.css line 627
        #sidebars ul ul li {
        color:#EEEEEE;
        }
        Last edited by vanishdesign; 08-17-2009, 04:59 PM.
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        • #5
          So the original text was all white as opposed to grey... Do you think this is good. I took one commenters feedback literally as saying it was hard to read

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          • #6
            It's good that you're taking feedback but often it's hard for them to get specific - they could be referring to your background color, your text size, choice of font... see if they can be more specific, link to examples of what they prefer, maybe?

            Old reliable is black text on white background - like New York Times or Washington Post.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by phillyinnovator View Post
              How does it look like an illusion?
              On my screen it feels like the text is "moving" on the main body copy... I think it's the light grey choice. and maybe the background put together. I find it very hard to read.
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