In accordance with traditional website design wisdom, black text on a white background should the be the only way.  But what if that traditional thinking is wrong?

For the record, this text is #999999 on a white background.

When I was doing a preview of a post on my other site,, I did a bit of a double take when I did a post preview.

I found that the black text on the white background was, in fact, quite jarring for my font choice.

By turning the contrast down ever so slightly, I made the content easier to read for my 50 year old eyeballs, and it also created a bit of a more minimal feel to the content.

I only changed from #000000 to #999999, but the overall effect was definitely worth it. 

Do you find #000000 on #ffffff jarring as well? Did you change your settings to create a more subtle or quieter design? Let me know in the comments! 


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