So… I have the chance to use the new “high contrast dark theme” and it’s something.
But the new theme option is not the only thing I want to share my feedback on, so here we go:
One thing I dislike a lot about the new “high contrast dark theme” (Which I call “contrast” from now on for simplicity sake) is, that things like avatars have this white outline, which may not sound bad at first, but at places like the dropdown on the top right does it look pixel-ish/blurry and really is more distracting than helpful.
As you can see is the outline on the avatar a bit unnecessary and the fact that the avatar in general is that small doesn’t help much.
The “labels” which show the status of an Issue or Pull request also seem to have changed.
I first assumed it was only for the contrast theme to match its overall style more closely, but switching back to the normal dark theme (Not the dimmed one) showed me, that it seems to be a change towards all themes… And I hate it.
I really enjoyed the Neon-like style with the outline and text being bright and the fill being a less opaque/saturated colour, but the new one is just… bad.
For example do I not like the white text on the red background of a “Closed” label. It’s just harder to read.
Here is a quick comparison I was able to make since I (luckily) had a tab open before changing the theme:
Both have been taken using the dark theme, so if the new label design should only be set for contrast, should this be treated as a bug, since things such as issue/PR labels still have this neon-like style that I really enjoy.
The neon-style is really my most favourite part about the dark theme. It feels quite modern. The new label design however feels like someone wants to jump onto the “Simplify” train like all the logos that became a victim of this horrible trend.