Strava's new white color theme - Tell us what you think

What's new in Version 5.0.0 on Strava for iOS:

Strava has a new color theme that's easier to read, especially in bright sunlight. We're excited for you to give it a try and leave your feedback for us. 

Read what we say on our blog, Turning the Lights On.

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    Hello - Thanks to all of you who have left your feedback so far about the new white theme for iOS. We appreciate it, and your comments have been read. 

    This new design was carefully researched and tested to both improve overall legibility and create a consistent design across all platforms. We understand that as with any change, there's an adjustment period and some users may have different preferences. We'll share your thoughts with the team. 

    Sometime in the future, we would like to consider bringing the black background back as a preference in your account settings. There is currently no timeline for this project however. 

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  • I think it might be OK in some situations but I had no problem with the dark theme, and per my use case, prefer it.  The white theme is almost like having a flashlight.

    What would be great would be a toggle between the two.  To permanently switch to something else, from something that Strava's ios app has had for a long time, doesn't seem that wise.

    I'm surprised that was the priority development for a x.0 release that users have been clamoring for over things like double-digit distance or the ability to view lap splits versus 1mile/1km splits-only.   Sometimes iTunes offers the ability to downgrade to a previous rev.  I'm going to look into that.

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  • I'm not a big fan of the new color scheme. I don't use the app while riding, so daytime visibility isn't a factor. Maybe make the cookie scheme user selectable?

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  • I have been using the new color theme over on Android and I concur. I live near the equator, seven degrees north, and the bright light of the tropical sun has a major impact on readability. Black text on white is a must near the equator! Glad to see iOS gain this capability. 

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  • The blog post makes it sound like the Strava app is exclusively designed for riding in bright sunlight, and I think it's clear that's what the Strava designers are thinking.

    I'm sure it's great for day-time, but please just do what so many other apps are doing with their light/dark themes, and have a switch to choose or an automatic day/night mode.

    In-car GPS devices used to be just like this; bright and colourful and white... and then they realised it made them really bad for use at night and they all now have night mode that kicks in at sunset.

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  • Not a fan personally.  To me it's much harder to see the separations in the Feed.  The black seemed much better.

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  • How about an option  to choose light or dark screen.  Dark screen is better for my eyes.

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  • Some people may like it, but I strongly prefer the previous black/ dark view. In my opinion you guys had the perfect interface, and now it's just bright and washed out. I ran tonight in low light like i usually do and it's blinding. I suppose I can invert the iPhone colours to make it sort of like it used to be for night running.

    Don't like it, 'nuff said.

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  • White! Don't like it. Think it looks kind of cheap. Might technically be better for your eyes but I'm not convinced! Is it just me?

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  • Hi,
    Is it possible to add an option to settings dialog to set users preferred color theme? Another idea make it like tweetbot app for iOS and switch the theme by daytime.
    I loved the dark one!!!! That would be great.

    Cheers,
    Marco

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  • Not my choice of colours. How is white on light grey supposed to be easier to see? Downloaded the update and regretting it now. Please let me have the old scheme. Or better still, give us an option to customise to suit.

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  • The new white colour scheme is really poor, for people like myself with an eye condition, the white makes it incredibly difficult to follow. Users should at least be given the choice.

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  • Im afraid I hate it - a white background makes pictures, infographics, banners and menus look awful and difficult to distinguish between - this is a gripe I have always had with the website which I hate and now you have done it to the app!!! Please listen to your customers and provide the option to choose or change it back - there's not a lot of positive feedback in these forums...

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  • Don't like it at all. Looks shite. Please turn it back.

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  • As a follow up to my previous comment about not liking the new look, every iPhone Strava user on my ride this morning "intensely dislikes" the white interface.   (I won't write exactly what was said - you can guess)

    interestingly at the coffee shop after the ride two guys also mentioned they not only disliked it but now had trouble even reading it. This lines up with other user comments in this thread.

    Anyway, just put it back the way it was please. You don't need to change something that's perfectly good just because someone in marketing wants to match up colour themes between different interfaces that are, well, very different for good reason. To be clear - I Hate It!

     

     

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  • I Hate It! I guess if someone were tracking a ride in bright sunlight, and staring at the screen instead of the road it might make sense, but for sitting back at night and reviewing and commenting it's a disaster. Anyone serious about their runs or rides is likely using a watch or computer. This is just way to bright, and loses definition between items in my feed. Please give us a choice in the apps preferences, or return it to its old look!

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  • Dear Strava, please give us back our black! My eyes hurt!

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  • Only place I can see this as being useful is on the record screen.  Bring back black!

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  • Awful, absolutely awful. Please let us have the option to choose.

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  • Hate it. Deleted the app and restored to the previous version from backup. Please enable a toggle between white & black in futures releases. 

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  • Hate it. Hate it. Hate it.
    Really hard to read and just washed out.
    Change it back pleeeeaaassse!!!

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  • ## Please do not write below this line ##
    Thanks for your patience, we've made an update to your ticket (#680730).

    To review your ticket or reply with a new comment, follow the link below or reply to this email.

    http://support.strava.com/hc/requests/680730

    Sheila Fre
    Sheila Fretwell (Help Center)
    Aug 17, 6:11 AM PDT

    Hi Lee,

    Thanks for your feedback about the recent color changes with the Strava app. Your comments will be shared with the team, and if you'd like you can also share your feedback with the community:

    https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/217850487-Strava-s-new-white-color-theme-Tell-us-what-you-think

    Thank you!
    -Sheila

    Lee Kingsh
    Lee Kingshott
    Aug 17, 12:38 AM PDT

    The latest version has added a theme, bright white background and black text. This is not selectable by the user. Did you actually run this change past anyone with less than perfect eye sight? Myself and a number of people I know who are all premium users can no longer use the app easily and it has really caused me to consider other, more user friendly software as an alternative. Please, please make the dark/light theme user selectable!

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  • Terrible choice to change the colour theme to white. Too bright and looks cheap. Could we hear from Strava to at least say they are looking to change it to optional? Don't leave us hanging in the bright white....

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  • Strava is still the best app for running, cycling and swimming with an great community.

    So please listen to the feedback and implement an option to let us choose between the better looking dark theme and the new (imho) ugly white one.

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  • Not a fan of the new background. Please make an option to use the black background. It's much easier to read, and is just esthetically better.

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  • Don't like the new colour scheme at all - I don't use the app while running so viewing in sunlight is not a problem for me . There is little contrast in the new scheme which makes it harder for me to read, the dark scheme world well for me. Can you make it user selectable please so I can swap back to dark .

    Garmin connect has a dark background and so will switch to that until strava gives me a dArk background again

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  • Dislike the white theme and much prefer the previous black theme. Would like the option of changing it to black.

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  • I really do not like the new white background. Nobody cares to look at Strava outside. They usually look at it after a workout in the comfort of their homes where it is easy to see. The pictures are not as asthetically pleasing against the white background as well. I recommend changing it back soon!
    My two cents :)

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  • Awful awful decision very arrogant to make such a drastic change without consulting the user base. It looks awful really basic, and poorly thought. If you had put any thought into it you would of given people the option to choose it. So many people like me don't use there phone while doing activity a. There is this clever little invention called the watch it's a bit more lightweight and less cumbersome than dragging a phone around. I use the app at home for ease of use I don't give a monkey's uncle about sunlight. #bringbackblack asap please as an option to choose. I for one will cancel premium if you don't.

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  • Elle -

    Couple of reactions to your article "Tell us what you think"... to which you have seem to have responded, "You can STFU now."

    What is perhaps most important, what seems most apparent to everyone outside of your team, is that the Strava devs did very little meaningful research prior to rolling out this release.

    If the black on white feature had been well researched, your customer use case scenarios would have told you that people use their devices in a variety of light conditions, not exclusively at high-noon in equatorial regions.

    Your research also seems to have avoided any direct customer input. Had you polled your users, you would have likely encountered the 99% negative feedback during R&D. Perhaps this info would have prompted you to think twice before pushing out an universally despised update, simultaneously killing a feature your customers valued greatly.

    Adding insult to injury, in making your claims that black on white is indisputably easier to read, you demonstrate little awareness of the actual science related to legibility. It is as if your team's research went no further than glancing at the inverted text that you blithely present as "proof" in your breezy blog post.

    Additionally, your researchers seem willfully unaware of the existence of, or rational behind, purpose-built reading devices like the Kindle which feature white text on black interfaces -- in the interest of legibility. Perhaps it did it not occur to your team to ask why Amazon, one of the savviest UX companies on the planet, does not force consistency of interface between the Kindle and the Amazon browser interfaces. 

    Looking ahead, I'm not sure how others will respond, but your willingness to solicit feedback then tell your users to pound sand is disappointing, dishonest, rude. That said, I'm grateful to you. A heady dose of disrespect is a good reminder that it is healthy to look at competitive brands. It helps me to rethink the money I spend on a premium Strava subscription and whether that continues to offer meaningful value vs. the free Strava product or other products in the market.

    To enable a better comparison during my "adjustment period" I am switching from my premium subscription to a free subscription. I'm thankful to your dev team for making this a very user-friendly process. Perhaps your researchers will soon be focusing their talents on this feature.

    From the Strava mobile app:  
    More > Settings > Manage Subscription. Toggle off Auto-Renew.
     

    Lastly, I should mention that choosing to shift to your free product is not a knee-jerk reaction. In 2016 Strava has cranked out one half-baked update after another. Live Segments is a poorly integrated product. Beacons are minimally meaningful. The white/black interface debacle, accompanied by your tone-deaf response, is simply another signal that Strava is slipping in its ability to serve its core customers. While the lights are indeed on, no-one seems to be home.

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