A year or two ago I contacted The Conversation (Australia) and pointed out that the then recent change in the way that titles of articles were displayed was a turn for the worse.
My attempt to influence this poor design were unsuccessful, so for the last couple of years titles have been displayed as non-transparent areas with a solid white background superimposed on the image that appears at the top of each article, like this one:
Just like Closed captioning (CC) on free-to-air television the solid background is very ugly, and it hides sections of the underlying image (which can block out major parts of TV broadcasts such as charts and weather maps).
In my opinion, the captions should (perhaps selectively) be presented with transparent backgrounds, like the subtitling used by Netflix and Amazon Prime TV. (You may have to use configuration options to change from solid to transparent background.)
It is bizarre that on the home page of The Conversation titles utilise transparent text, such as:
Obviously they could use transparent title text everywhere, not just on the home page, and I remain puzzled why they don't.
I notice that both the "Africa" and the "Global Perspectives" editions of The Conversation use the original layout, for example:
This is a weird inconsistency.
I promised myself that when once I became an octogenarian (which happened in early July this year) I would try to stress out and stop being annoyed by such things, and try to live a calmer life.
But it seems that I can't. Every time that I read an article in The Conversation I still have the same reaction. C'est la vie!