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Old 11-04-2000, 03:17 PM   #1
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Question Is black background really that bad?

Every time I ask a professional to check my site, they say that the black background makes me look "untrustworthy", or similiar.

I'm not sure, but this whole thing about black background being depressing/evil/untrustworthy seems quite unscientific.

1. What is one of the most consumed beverage in the world? Coke. What colour is it? What about coffee? (I know that coke is really dark brown)

2. Every site out there has some bright and jolly background nowadays - maybe a black background makes me stand out in some way?

3. Note the colour of the PlayStation2. It is not unlike my sites scheme. http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

So, what do you know of this? Is black backround really something bad? Maybe people will go "wow" - a really different kind of site here! Or will they go "urk" - and surf away to disney.com with all the pretty colours?
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Old 11-04-2000, 03:31 PM   #2
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IMHO, I think a black background looks kind of unprofessional. Take a look a the most popular sites on the internet and find me 1 black background.
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Old 11-04-2000, 04:14 PM   #3
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What about http://www.nikefootball.com
or http://www.berringa.com (not really a popular one, but it looks darned professional)

Or what about http://www.thevoid.co.uk/, that won the cool site of the year award?

I don't think David Bowies site is very unpopular either - one of the designs is black http://www.davidbowie.com/freebowie
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Old 11-04-2000, 04:17 PM   #4
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Black is fantastic when used correctly with good graphics, colors, & site design.

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Old 11-04-2000, 04:59 PM   #5
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I agree with zman, it all depends on how you design the site. There are tons of sites out there with white backgrounds that look very bad as well.
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Old 11-04-2000, 08:13 PM   #6
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I too have seen many effective black sites.
And envy the hell out of them.

I think it all depends on the goal of the site.
If the site is going to sell a product with long copy, then a black site is the kiss of death.
If the site is using short paragraphs or bite type delivery and interactive stuff like online games, then a well designed black site would be fine and probably better.

Fact is that it is much harder to read on a black site. A black site actually makes your eyeballs work harder.
Black lettering on a white or very light background on the otherhand is much easier on the eyeballs and is how most people prefer to read anything of length. If you make it easier to read your site then you make it easier to communicate and to relay your message to your visitors.

Every black site I ever designed floped big time, but I not a great designer either http://geekvillage.com/ubb/frown.gif
The only black site I have that produces traffic is my awards page on my dog site http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Old 11-04-2000, 08:26 PM   #7
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O'Yeah...

I forgot to show you my favorite black site: http://home.mpinet.net/dgarystudios/

It is really cool and an inspiration for any webmaster http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Old 11-04-2000, 10:56 PM   #8
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Black background sites are much easier to design than white background sites...
But, i think black backgrounds should be saved for music sites where they look the best

The best looking sites have coloured backgrounds with white text boxes (just my opinion)
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Old 11-05-2000, 02:43 AM   #9
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Agreed - I will probably keep the black background and add white textboxes for content, and see how it looks.
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Old 11-05-2000, 06:22 AM   #10
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look at www.standardinternet.com
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Old 11-05-2000, 07:10 AM   #11
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well my site in my sig was black but moved away from it a bit since it is harder to read text on it http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif



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Old 11-05-2000, 08:30 PM   #12
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I changed my background from white to black on one of my sites due to the urgings of my repeat visitors and everyone loves it. My theme is game-oriented, so it works well - www.topmudsites.com
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Old 11-13-2000, 04:14 PM   #13
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I just designed the site of Lee Rocker (www.leerocker.com),formerly of the Stray Cats, using a black background, except I used tables colored in with white text. Maybe that's one option of the irritation on the eyeballs issue.

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