Designers are always creating, every design is a creation on its own. In that creation process we sometimes forget or ignore the importance of white space. Sometimes is called negative space which refers to the empty space between design elements. Spaces not occupied with text, images or other visual elements. White space should not be considered merely ‘blank’ space — it is an important element of design which enables the objects in it to exist at all, the balance between positive (or non-white) and the use of negative spaces is key to aesthetic composition.

Negative space is not always white in color. If we go back to the description, it refers to a SPACE regardless if it is white or not. White space can be categorize in two different ways:

  • Active White Space – insures a better structure and layout in design and it gives focus to the content area. It is usually left out intentionally, it leads a reader from one element to another.
  • Passive White Space – Empty space around the outside of the page or blank areas inside the content which is the by product of the layout process.

White space exists for a reason – to ease the process of analyzing graphics or content so this is what you have to remember while using it in graphic design. The human eye percepts an organized and clean layout better than a cluttered space full of visual disturbances.

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Ample use of white space in a magazine

Today we will list the benefits of white space in your designs:

  1. to balance layout
  2. white spaces attract the eye
  3. give the focus to certain content or object
  4. improves readability
  5. white space can act as a separator


How do you use white space? Do you think white space is wasted space?


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