Low-contrast text is not the answer
A low-contrast design aesthetic is haunting the web, taking legibility and discoverability
with it. It’s straining our eyes, making us all feel older, and a little less capable.
Internet is becoming unreadable because of a trend towards lighter, thinner fonts
If the web is relayed through text that’s difficult to read, it curtails the
open access by excluding large swaths of people such as the elderly, the visually impaired,
or those retrieving websites through low quality screens...at the cost of legibility, fatigue
and comprehension. We call this a situational impairment, whereby the user is disabled by
the device, design, environment, or context of use.
Flat UI Elements Attract Less Attention and Cause Uncertainty
[W]hen looking at a design with weak signifiers, users spent more time looking at the page,
and they had to look at more elements on the page....[M]ore time and effort spent looking around the page
are not good. These findings....suggest that participants struggled to locate the element they wanted,
or weren’t confident when they first saw it.
Low-contrast font color and unreadable texts?
Let's put an end to this low-contrast, light gray nonsense and use typography
for its purpose: making text readable.