Dark Designs under X Window System


Figure 5.4. SafariX11

Safari is a so-called negative design. This design is very helpful for persons with hyper-sensitive eyesight. Safari features a high contrast: White on black and white on dark-sea-green. The font is also larger than the usual 10 to 12 points.

The inherit darkness makes Safari suitable for dimmed environments.

I made this design, because code editors often feature a negative design as well. Most likely is Jeszra accompanied by a code editor.

Stripes are used in Safari to pattern white space. This is somewhat ornamental and its functional reason not obvious. Using a modest background pattern as white space emphasis the controls inside of dialogs and thus improves visual scanning and navigation.

Stripes have another benefit: group boxes look utterly ugly on stripes. Group boxes increase the visual complexity of a design and are baroquish by nature. Stripes help you to avoid group boxes. Use stripes during the design phase. If someone forces you to include group boxes, show the resulting design on-top of stripes to that same person.

Stripes have a low performance impact. The Safari design should be suitable for every machine built after 2005.