I'm sorry that this is yet another post about this issue.
However, it has to be acknowledged that the new changes to Discord's appearance are simply upsetting or render the app unusable or inaccessible to a lot of it's userbase, particularly neurodivergent people like myself.
Firstly, the new blurple. It is incredibly bright. Colors don't overwhelm me easily, and even for me, seeing this color for an extended period of time made my eyes and head hurt, to the point i'd have preferred to exit Discord rather than anything else. I think it's actually not as bad on light mode than it is on dark mode- The new blurple clashes with the colors of the base dark mode interface, meaning it's twice as jarring if, say, a bot says something in the chat. And my reaction to it is much less severe than a lot of other people like me may have.
Secondly, the new font (= both the 'icon' font and the font used throughout the app) is just... Unappealing. The letters don't seem to match each other, they look odd, there's just something off about it that I can't quite shake- This includes literally every new font with this rebrand. There's something off which makes me, and surely many others, uncomfortable. They are off-putting, and frankly, I can't quite tell what the motive behind the change was. They don't look friendlier, in fact I think they look more 'edgy' and disorganized. Furthermore, MANY people with dyslexia pointed out they were also unreadable.
Thirdly, there were modifications to several other features which are also aggressive to the eyes. These includes tags being highlighted- quite strongly, might i add- for everybody. It adds even more eyestrain to the Discord experience. The way old tags looked was recognizable and noticeable without being hard on the eyes. The new look brings too much attention to tags for people who aren't even tagged. And again, the colors clash with each other.
There's also the new way reactions look. I can't say for sure it bothers anybody else in the same way, but the way reactions look when clicked makes me viscerally uncomfortable due to, mainly, my neurodivergence.
Last but not least, I want to point out that in general it's a shame that Discord is losing its inoffensive, muted color palette and round fonts in favor of bright colors and... Whatever the new fonts are. I think this is a huge step back in terms of accessibility. Looking at even the login screens both on the mobile and computer app, it all just feels too bright and aggressive. When I open Discord to log in, instead of being greeted by something cozy and straightforward, I'm immediately assaulted by bright colors and graphics everywhere, so much so I struggle to get my focus on the actual 'login' bit of the login screen. It's nearly enough, by itself, to send me into sensory overload.
Please, Discord, fix this. At least add themes, an option to change the colors and fonts back or turn off all the eyestrain.
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