Skot Carruth

The future is dark… but is it still usable?

Key Learnings

  • Understand what a FUI is and the key factors that drive their aesthetics.
  • Recognize the major usability pitfalls associated with dark UI.
  • Describe the potential benefits of predominantly dark interfaces.
  • Employ best practices when working with dark UI to ensure usability and accessibility


I’ve seen the future of UX, and it is dark. Literally. Once the default for screen design, dark UI is now experiencing a renaissance after being out of favor for decades. With macOS now featuring dark mode (along with all our other favorite apps), it’s time we revisit the usability, accessibility, and ethical issues associated with predominantly dark color schemes.

In this talk, we’ll explore the influence that FUIs (fictional UIs) and sex appeal have on modern interfaces and what we can do to create a digital future that is both sexy and usable.

Date: Thursday, October 17th
Time: 13:15 - 14:00
Location: Hall 12


Skot Carruth

CEO, Philosophie

Skot Carruth is the CEO and co-founder of Philosophie, a digital innovation firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York City. Philosophie helps organizations validate and develop their promising ideas through agile design, rapid prototyping and software craftsmanship.

Skot is passionate about design and entrepreneurial education. In addition to co-authoring General Assembly’s UX design curriculum, Skot speaks regularly at design and entrepreneurship conferences, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, various startup incubators, and local meetups. Skot graduated cum laude from UCLA, where he studied media and business.

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