January 11, 2022 Cari Saiki-Dela Cruz

What is Dark Mode in Digital Planning?

Published: January 11, 2022

Dark mode has made its way into almost every electronic device, program and app, be it an iPhone, Android device, or Windows operating system. With a click or swipe of a button, the screen goes dark and the text turns white. Some apps (like Netflix) even come with dark mode as its default color scheme. It’s been a growing trend in the design industry over the last couple of years and has found its way into the digital planning and note taking community.

What is it and is it right for you? Hopefully this post will help you decide.

WHAT IS DARK MODE?

It is an inversion of the default light mode. Backgrounds are dark (either black or dark grey) with light colored text.

DARK MODE IN NOTE TAKING APPS

Most digital note taking apps (like GoodNotes, Xodo and Notability) have a dark mode option that is activated from the tablet’s system settings. The interface (background and toolbars) will darken, but imported digital planners and notebooks will not. A digital planner with a light background and dark text it will not change to a dark background with light text even if dark mode is on.

However, since writing this post (early 2022), most note taking apps let you add or import dark mode pages to your digital notebooks and planners. Unfortunately, your existing pages will remain the same and cannot be converted. One exception is if you are using a default notebook in Notability. When you change the template for one page, all pages get updated. Existing writing will, however, remain the same.

With that explained here are some reasons you might prefer one over the other.

REASONS TO USE DARK MODE
  • Saves battery life on OLED screens
  • Better in low-light settings
  • Associated with modern, trendy design
  • Easier on the eye for some people
  • Could be helpful for:
    Migraine sufferers, certain visual impairments, light sensitivity
  • Because you prefer it
REASONS TO USE LIGHT MODE
  • Closer to traditional notebook
  • Dark Mode might increase eye fatigue (this varies from person to person)
  • Challenging to read lots of text in dark mode
  • Light Mode is printable
  • Highlighter marks are more visible
  • Because you prefer it
TIPS FOR USING IN DARK MODE
  • Avoid writing with high contrast colors, like pure white and fluorescent colors, because it is harder on the eyes. Instead, go for slightly muted colors such as off-white or light grey.
  • Avoid writing with high contrast colors, like pure white and fluorescent colors, because it is harder on the eyes. Instead, go for slightly muted colors such as off-white or light grey.

If you’re interested in dark mode, check out our EnvizArt Planner’s Etsy shop. We have digital notebooks and planners.

Or scroll to the end of the post for a free 3 subject notebook to give it a try.

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