I would like as much feedback on this as possible.
Something that's been bothering me lately is that, even though my monitors are tilted backwards, I still view them from slightly above. If I do view from exactly straight on in the center (or below), things begin to appear quite dark and ugly in the top half and gradients start breaking and banding. I'm starting to think that my monitors (LG Flatron W2261VP) were designed for slightly above viewing, one of the reasons being that the base is very short in height so they must know they're going to be low down. When I view from above, stuff isn't washed out or overly bright. It's all perfectly clear to me and every last detail and 0.1 of opacity change can be seen. And this is the angle from which I design.
I'm concerned now that my designs are appearing darker than I intended them, so it's important I get feedback on that. I've never really had anybody say my shit is dark. On the contrary, I get "lack of contrast" comments, but that's due to my personal taste not monitors. I avoid using extreme darks and lights in designs deliberately.
SOOOO my question to all of you is, what angle do you comfortably view your screen when designing? Are you slightly above, slightly below, or exactly centered, in eye level terms?
Could be useful too if you state your monitor brand so we can see a pattern if there is one.