Black or White

Which background is better? Most text editors and document readers have light backgrounds. But there’s a lot of programmers who use dark backgrounds. And there are a some analytics and dashboard applications with dark backgrounds.

Dark background - WIP

Stephan Few has criticized using dark backgrounds for dashboards in his book Information Dashboard Design, citing an image of Roambi. By the way, Roambi later moved to a white background and then brought back the option of dark backgrounds.

Have you noticed that many business intelligence (BI) software companies have introduced black screens as the standard for mobile devices? Is this because mobile devices work better with black screens? If you look for the research, as I have, it isn’t likely that you’ll find any.

No one seems to question the efficacy...

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