photo by (wader)
Like a bunch of people born in the 80’s my formative years were spent on the Apple 2e, or Apple ][e, or Apple //e, or what ever you use. There was no built in vi or pine, but it had Lemonade Stand on 5-inch floppy. Not the hard plastic thingies that appeared later, but real floppy disks. In an age or glitter pens and bright, bright colors the monochrome screen was king. The phosphorescent green on black. The stylings of it still influence my design decisions today. I understand the push for minimalist black-text-on-white-background, it’s easy on the eyes, but it’s still just black-text-on-white-background, plain, and (if in the wrong typeface) ugly. It’s pretty easy to throw some <font> tags around not fiddle with style.bg, but even just adding a splash of chartreuse to the background makes it unique. I gave up writing in pages for writeroom even though I don’t have any real formatting, it’s just easier for me to type in command prompt-style. While turning the web into a giant sheet or awesome formatted sheet of paper is ok, I’ll take the light-on-black aesthetic.