Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor, writer, photographer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

http://www.cff.org/

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On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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TolduSo: I prefer the original black format. But some of the 'trendy' colors used in the texts, do not show up clearly on black, specially grey on black, although blue, green, yellow are fine. The Light Theme would suit displays with the brightness turned down to save battery power though, perhaps we could get to choose our own.

good idea!

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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Wm Leddon Studios: I don't notice any difference in ease of reading with a white background. The white background now makes the website look like every other website out there and doesn't stand out from the crowd. Lastly, the images pop more when they are on a black background as opposed to white or any other color. There is just a lack of impact when on white, even high key images. I also agree with the previous post in that colored text on black backgrounds is extremely hard to read. Maybe you could incorporate a preference setting to be able to select white if you would rather have that.

it's almost like you read our mind (as opposed to reading the text, where it is clearly stated this is a new OPTION) ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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rambler35: I like the new Light option, but think it would be even better with a slightly heavier typeface on a very light gray background (i.e. with less glare than pure white).

It'll be good to have the choice of two styles, and I'd probably alternate between them, choosing the black background when images feature strongly in the article or forum I'm reading.

-- Richard --

we will continue to refine the new theme from a design and legibility point of view. This is really just a quick 'hack'

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 15:00 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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Saleen1999: I prefer the darker version because I find white backgrounds to be too bright because I use dpreview with no lights on in the room and the white is blinding when no lights are on.

In my opinion if dpreview is really taking our suggestions into account is to give us the choice. Keep both versions and let those who want the white background to use it and those of us to keep the darker version. That is the way it is on another site I visit where they have both versions and you choose which one you want.

did you read the article?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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dkeller: It seems like spending more time conducting tests and less changing your color schemes would make more sense. Frankly I don't give a flip about your stupid color scheme. I'm on this site for information.

it's comments like this that make it all worth while

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Strange that DPreview did not mention this article about Canon 4k from the international space station.........

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/imax-film-a-beautiful-planet-features-out-of-this-world-canon-4k-imagery-300251619.html

well, one is a fascinating interview with an astronaut and the other is a press release with no pictures.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2016 at 17:03 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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virgil1612: Please keep the old one as an option. I like it much more. I'm sure I'm not the only one. That black background is, for me, DPR's signature. Every other site is white. I love your black site.

We should definitely do that. And we should make sure we tell everyone that. Probably in bold...

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 04:09 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2053 comments in total)
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Mixart: Is the Sony A6300 really better than A7 II in IQ? The bars says it is better.

No, because it's in a different class

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 02:22 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2053 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Fascinating to see that dpreview finds this Sony APS-C camera superior to a D750 or a D810. I don’t believe many other reviewers would come to the same conclusion. Does dpreview not want to offend Sony owners with the real facts? Does dpreview receive monies from Sony? Are dpreviews even worth reading? - It now seems that in order to get an accurate review one has to read between the lines. The a6300 has terrible ergonomics, can’t be trusted to shoot 14 bit stills, overheats, has terrible battery life, and has a third rate menu system. How does putting all those faults together yields a superb camera?

Where exactly do we say this camera is superior to a d810 or d750?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (259 comments in total)
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ttran88: Not even a plastic award? You guys must really dislike canon

that must've been back when we didn't dislike Canon

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 16:54 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (259 comments in total)
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ttran88: Not even a plastic award? You guys must really dislike canon

yes, because that's exactly how we decide to give awards

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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lickity split: I hope this is an option cause for me the old way is much,much easier to read.

yeah that would be a good idea

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 00:57 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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mike earussi: Bright stark white backgrounds literally burn the eyes out. One of the main reasons I appreciate this site is because I can look at it for long periods of time without developing eye fatigue. If you do change over I hope you give people the option of choosing which background they want. If you do you'll find that most will stick with what you have now.

'literally'?

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 03:41 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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DukeCC: I like the black--is there a place to vote?

why would we need a vote?

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 16:36 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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Karroly: The problem with this new color scheme is that I will no longer know if I am on the DPRreview site or the Connect site ... ;-)
White background is better for me to read text, but I prefer black background when viewing pictures in the galleries.

don't worry we're going to make Connect black ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 03:18 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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iAPX: There is not just a color scheme, round corner are smaller or just square, shadows disappears, etc.
Bigger fonts (but still same really tight space for content).

It's too generic, with a flat design that I am not fond of.

we made some small changes (which will eventually be mirrored in the black version, such as the larger body font), but this is a quick project to re-skin the site - a full redesign is on the books but that's a much bigger project, and one that we need to undertake a lot more carefully. We are very aware of the need for a redesign, and of the limitations of the current design.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 03:18 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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Photography201: I would like to see you keep a switchable option for light or dark.

Much how you control a portable GPS unit that adjusts for day or night time driving making it easy to read
For example if I am on a airplane at night and want a dimmer but readable screen the black background is great. Other times the lighter white background.
There is value in making this a option that is user defined.

which is why, as clearly stated above, we've decided it will remain forever an option

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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jorgemtrevino: White strains the eyes. Keep the old scheme.

no, we won't

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 00:58 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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jorgemtrevino: White strains the eyes. Keep the old scheme.

no worries! we are (painfully) aware of the need to make significant changes like this in a thoughtful - and non prescriptive - way.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 00:45 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (570 comments in total)
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jorgemtrevino: White strains the eyes. Keep the old scheme.

i recommend reading the story you are commenting on

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 00:29 UTC
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