I made the mistake of openly criticizing a website for asking for an opinion. I decided negatively. How is the designer due to my unfavorable criticism?
Readability assessed objectively?
Here, intrinsic and external factors such as monitors and eyes play a role.
Smaller, 8 to 10px, white sans text, on a fixed gray tone that is between 10-35%, still caused me to "star" … probably because the LCD screen helped. The viewing angle of the screen, the pixel density, maybe even the reflection of the screen could have influenced me. But am I guilty or should that be avoided?
Given my slight astigmatism, I should not appreciate small fonts that are too thin or too light. However, I'm using this setup right now for my desktop environment. Superbixel rendering is a necessity to properly render the font. She is so thin. I am not blind.
Is it tenable that you do not have to weigh such external factors if you stick to good practices, such as a higher contrast between text and background?
There was no real need to choose such a light gray. Which ultimately gave the impression of carelessness – while the author might have tried to keep the colors warm and cozy.
The thing is, the user does not read a poem with this setup. I'm talking about menu items that are only actually read until the user instinctively clicks on the 3rd word in the line.
I personally believe that readability is important. But good practices are not rules, and I can not punish the author for violating Article X. Is that still somehow lens A faux-pas from a UX perspective or is it more that I simply wanted to "find mistakes" subjectively, frustrated that I could not read a few words at a glance? How is white text on a light gray background objectively impractical?
Bonus question in the same way:
This menu was also unnecessarily hidden from view until it was called by a click. This redundancy made me drop another star because it impedes efficient interaction. It's just an extra click. The creeping in the dynamics, for the sake of the dynamics, is possible without being in the way.
Same question. Do I have a valid Grudge Should the author get it or rather be insulted?