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The Power of White Space vs Negative Space in Design and How it Influences User Experience


Introduction to White Space and Negative Space

A lot of people think that white space is just empty space. But it actually has a lot of meaning when it comes to design.


White space can be used to create a sense of order, balance and simplicity. It also creates a sense of openness and clarity in the design without adding too many distracting elements.


Negative space can be used to create visual interest and draw attention to the focal points in the design. It also helps in creating shapes or contrast by balancing out all the different elements on the page or screen.


a diagram showing an example of the differences between white space and negative space
White Space vs Negative Space

This is an introduction to white and negative space. I recommend researching into it further to get the most out of it.


How to Use White or Negative Space in Your Design

Negative or white space is the empty space on a page that helps create a sense of balance and organization.


White space can be used to create visual hierarchy. It can be used to group related content together and draw attention to important information. White space also makes it easier for your readers to scan the page for important information.


Negative or white space can be used in many different ways, but it is most often seen as an empty area at the top of a document or near the margins of a document where there is no text. White space is even used in this blog, to create neat and tidy paragraphs that fill a specific space on the page and make them more visually appealing.


Different Types of White (or Negative) Space in Design

White space is a term used to describe the areas of a design that are not occupied by any graphic elements. It is also called negative or empty space.

In web design, white space is used to separate content and make it more readable. It helps the user to focus on what they are reading or seeing without being distracted by other things on the page or image. White space can also be used as an area for logos and other branding elements.


In design, there are many different types of negative or white spaces that can be utilized.

Negative and Positive Spaces to Consider

An empty space is a blank space, but it is also the space left over when you take something away. It’s the space between two objects or words. It’s the silence after a sound. It’s what’s left when you take something away.


The way in which you fill that empty space is up to you. Consider using things like your original artwork, texts, photos and logos, they will have an impact on its meaning and appeal to your audience. The negative spaces are important because they can be used as an artistic device to convey meaning or emphasis by leaving them blank or by filling them in with contrasting colours, shapes and artwork. What's also cool, is you can get negative space photography too! Here's an example:


A Negative Space Photograph showing a bridge with water and mountains
Negative Space Bridge Photograph

Thank you for reading! If you want to read more about graphic design and how you can benefit from having that knowledge, you can check out some of my other blog posts here.
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