Why Black Backgrounds?
Black is exceptional for showing off photos
to their best effect, and does not detract from the images at all.
Many of my sites are related to vacation....and most people researching
their vacations want to see pictures first, and description last.
Other web sites may have different objectives, but if they need
to showcase images, then I will quite often use black. However,
I'm certainly not stuck on that color...or non color...as the experts
would call it. To me using a dark background is a luxury. I've been
in the graphic design business for sometime, and if there is one
thing that is expensive, it's dark background because it uses up
so much ink during the printing process.
I often like to use different colors of text and, again, black
is best for making brightly colored text very readable. A lot of
what I see on the web follows the rules of hard copy design, such
as what you would see on brochures from the printers. One reason
for this is because this format is tried and true over the ages,
and the other is it lends itself well to frames in a web design.
But it can be boring. The Internet and web design is unlimited in
its possibilities and it's nice to step out of the box on occasion.