I had a debate with a friend about web design quality and how it should be tested. The debate was like this: One was saying that a very high-end monitor like the apple cinema display or the new macbook pro retina display is enough to be the only screen you need to design on and check on for colors and everything to build the theme to the hightest standards (if you know how). Also that design that you build perfectly on the best high-end screen, perfectly calibrated, will show best on all screens, even old ones or even broken ones.
The other one was saying that the design needs to be tested on many different low end monitors and 1 high-end MBP retina-display screen so that you see the difference as a designer, and tweak your design so that it will look better on the low end screens because there may be a way to make the design look better on the low end screen (more compatible with that screen) and at the same time to look good at the retina display.
What do you think? How are you testing and how do you think it should be tested properly? Who is right?
I think you need a calibrated monitor only if you’re doing a graphic work to be printed on paper… in that case only you need to be sure that what you see on the monitor will be the same on the paper…
For digital graphic you can make all the tests you want on every monitor you may think of, but in the end would be just a waste of time because it’s enough that a person has a different brightness/contrast setting on the same monitor to have a different looking color.
So, just don’t care and don’t waste time
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I have multiple monitors, and it does certainly make a difference when it comes to viewing options and outcomes. My main machine is a 27” Mac, my second system is a PC with a 27” LG M2780D display and a 17” Sony laptop. Being able to see the colour variations on various monitors makes a difference when creating or choosing colour schemes.