Why Dark Theme?

March 9, 2021Blog

By Jake Dolan

For many, a dark theme may be purely about the look and feel, while for others, it is about improving accessibility. By using dark theme in Cascadin, it reduces digital eye strainphotophobia, and exposure to blue light. It may also provide improved color contrast for some types of colorblindness.

A dark theme is not necessarily for everyone though. For instance, people with astigmatism may experience halation reducing the readability of some text.

By itself, a dark theme does not equate to increased accessibility. But, by giving users a choice and listening to their individual preferences, we take a step toward an improved user experience.

For me, it has greatly improved my own experience while using Cascadin. As a developer, I am in front of a digital screen for many hours a day and my eyes are sensitive to bright, white light. I use a dark theme in every app that I can as it helps reduce headaches and tiredness that my eyes may feel after a long day of work.

Improved accessibility and a positive user experience are important to the Cascadin team. As a small team, progress is often measured by incremental steps toward larger goals. And today, we are a little closer to making Cascadin the tool we’ve been dreaming of.


Screenshot of a user's Workspace Home using the Dark Theme.

To set your preferred theme in Cascadin, go to Account Settings.

Screenshot of a user's Account Settings with the Display Theme dropdown open and Dark Theme is selected.

You have three options available for a Display Theme:

  • Inherit System Preference
  • Dark Theme
  • Light Theme

Existing users:
The theme will be set to ‘Light Theme’ to avoid a startling change the first time you return to Cascadin. Logging out and back in may be required.

New users:
The theme will be set to ‘Inherit System Preference’ by default. Cascadin will inherit your preferred theme set by your operating system (Windows, Mac OS, etc.) or light theme if the operating system does not define it. By changing this setting to either dark or light, you can force Cascadin to use the specific theme that best fits your needs and it will be saved when you log in again.

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