Dark Mode and Fluent Design for better Mind Mapping

Dark mode is a software option that makes the user interface darker. It changes light backgrounds to a dark color and changes text from dark to light. 

From Twitter to Instagram to Facebook and several other MAC or Windows products have now switched to dark mode.

Dark mode comes with several benefits for mind mapping especially if we combine it with Fluent Design.

In Dark Mode, software uses a darker color palette for all screens and it uses more vibrancy to make foreground content stand out against the darker backgrounds. Very useful for the Legibility in mind maps.

The mindmap below was created using MindMeister's new editor.

Moreover, because applications and objects displayed on the screen are not as bright in dark mode there is less chance of a user having to strain their eyes, particularly when using their device in a low light environment. 

Screens also emit less blue light in dark mode, the wavelengths that can negatively affect your sleep and damage your eyes with prolonged use over time.

Conserving battery life with OLED and AMOLED screens is another positive point of the dark mode, because these screens display black by “turning off” pixels. Using less power means better Sustainability.

Excellent combination with Fluent Design

Fluent Design is a new Open Source multi-platform design language developed by Microsoft. As a result of various years of Development, Fluent Design brings solid improvement in user experience. 

Combined with Dark Mode it delivers an optimal visual experience. We can obviously take advantage of this combination for designing better mindmaps. 

The Mindmap above was created using XMind2021, applying the dark background and using Fluent elements (colors and icons).

I believe that Mind Mapping software editors should offer the dark mode option, as more and more software currently does. But also some themes options inspired by Fluent Design to improve the visual experience of Mind Mapping.