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Design Terms : White Space

If I could only pick one term to learn as a designer it would be ‘white space.’ It makes a HUGE difference in your work when you learn how to use it. It’s so easy to want to cram a page full of text, images and design — but everything needs room to breathe. White space is helpful because it’s a great way to create hierarchy by grouping certain design elements together and separating others.

A common misconception with white space is that it’s actually white. In reality, it’s just the negative space within a design or image. Anywhere that your eye can rest is really important.

Just remember — let your design breathe!

Check out this article on Smashing Magazine, its full of resources on white space and simplicity.

13 comments

  1. April 4, 2013

    Less is more! White space is sooo important and makes suuuuuuch a big difference in your designs. Although the definition of white space may be clear actually putting it to use is different every time. I’ve been designing for years now but every design brings it’s new and exciting challenges of layout and balance.

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  2. April 4, 2013

    What a thoughtful concept for a series, and such lovely execution of the idea from what I’ve seen so far! As a young designer I look up to you and admire your work… I anticipate learning a lot through more posts like these!

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    April 5, 2013

    Excited to share some of my favorites with you then! They’re all an important part of learning design.

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  3. April 4, 2013

    This image is gorgeous! Plus, I love the idea of having lots of white space. It can really help a design that’s too busy if you just take some stuff out and let the design breathe!

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    April 5, 2013

    EXACTLY.
    Breathe, breathe, breathe.
    😉

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  4. April 5, 2013

    I’m already addicted to this design terms-posts! You should never stop posting them 🙂

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    April 5, 2013

    Yay!
    So glad you’re enjoying them so far!

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  5. April 8, 2013

    Thanks Eva, really enjoying your Design Terms posts! I am learning so much.

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  6. Gwen
    July 18, 2013

    Beautiful lettering as usual! Love it!

    White space is my favorite part of designing. Before design school I never really noticed how much impact the negative space could make. What a powerful thing!

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