Introducing dark mode
Like a few others this IndieWebCamp I added a dark mode to my website.
With iOS 13 having a dark mode, which toggles with sunrise and sunset if you want it to, I all of the sudden like to have it on. And yesterday in the train, I noticed that my site felt kind of bright.
So this morning I hacked it together in the train back to Amsterdam. I went the dirty way: just have one media-query for determining dark mode, and then target a lot of elements and classes inside that, and set their color to be something different.
The actual implementation was not that hard (
@media (prefers-color-scheme: dark)), but I spent the most time of the traintrip figuring out which darker grayscales should replace the brighter grayscales.
One thing to note here was the tip by Steve Schoger I remembered reading: dark modes are not about just inverting colors. Important elements in your UI should still be brighter than others.
Luckily, I don’t have a very complex UI on my weblog, but it’s worth to note that I took some time to make my month overview pages look nice in both modes. Feel free to compare the two.
Note that I currently don’t have a switch on my site to make you choose, but if your browser / OS tell my site which mode it’s in, my site will adapt to that.