“My eyes hurt” – New Tumblr UI update gets thumbs down from lot of users
Yesterday, Tumblr pushed out a new update. It was a major change as it affected the look and feel of the platform.
We covered this news in detail yesterday, but if you want a quick idea, the change – which has been done to stay inline with the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium – is aimed at making menus more accessible, fix poorly described elements, and improve overall readability.
In addition to these, the update also changes the platform’s color contrast. Here’s how Tumblr explains it:
Part of making Tumblr more accessible involved upping the color contrast in our UI, most notably on the dashboard and everywhere else that familiar blue touches. The light grays and muted blues had a contrast ratio of 2.02:1. What does that mean? Bad. It was bad, and we needed to do better by people with visual impairments
While we already reported early indications in our story yesterday, now we’re seeing a lot of reports that suggest this change related to color contrast hasn’t gone down well with a lot of users. Most of them say the new blue isn’t good as the contrast isn’t eye pleasing.
Take a look at some reports:
@tumblr The new color change is causing many people eye strain, some to the point where they are struggling to use the site at all because it hurts to look at. Please make it Optional! pic.twitter.com/g5p1ZtefnO
— Harper “MelancholyStarlight” Kim 🌌💫 (@sh0rtysquadperi) January 31, 2019
aahhhh wtf happened to tumblr's layout? my eye hurt
— fatima 🌠 (@hermioncgrangcr) January 30, 2019
Dammit it, @Tumblr! This damn shade of blue is horrendous. My eyes hurt from looking at it for 30 goddamn seconds. Who is this supposed to help?
— M͙i͙l͙k͙a͙ (@encxant) January 31, 2019
Tumblr update made my eyes hurt.
— Seventuss (@Seventuss) January 30, 2019
the new tumblr update on their dashboard is so ugly. it makes my eyes hurt, what are they doing exactly?
— mel 1🇨🇭 (@herligisak) January 31, 2019
Check out more such reports by heading here.
Now that Tumblr has forced the new layout and many users aren’t happy, is there a way out? Well, fortunately yes. Ever heard of Xkit? It’s a small extension framework that powers tweaks for Tumblr.
Xkit has already been popular among Tumblr users and with the recent UI update, it has started gaining a lot more attention as they’ve come out with an ‘Old Blue’ extension that reverts back your Tumblr’s look and feel to what it was earlier.
Some Tumblr users have already started using this extension and are quite happy with it:
that one second after you've reloaded tumblr for dashboard and see that new blue before the xkit old blue extension kicks in pic.twitter.com/SBOYwXopaj
— vibeke (@flintsjames) January 31, 2019
Right -_- tires my eyes to look at it
There's a xkit extension that makes you revert back to the old blue
— riin/lin wanna hibernate 🔪❄️ (@qiliin) January 31, 2019
You can dowload the "Old blue" plugin for XKit
— Spyz (@SpyzViridian) January 31, 2019
So if you aren’t liking the new Tumblr UI, we suggest you give Xkit’s Old Blue extension a try. Oh, and yes, do share your experience with us in the comments section below.
NOTE: PiunikaWeb has covered in detail the Tumblr adult content ban as well as the platform’s alternatives, check out all updates here.
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