Often times though, most Web designers (and several clients as well) consider white spaces as “unfilled space”. A space that still can (and should) be stuffed with content for individuals to click, read and buy. Only a few of us knows the significance of white spaces to web design jobs/concepts. And that’s to set the tone of your design and dramatically affect its usability.
What exactly is a White Space?
At its simplest definition, white space is the characters that are invisible when you type them, for example: tab, space, backspace etc. White spaces are the sections where there is no element placed by a graphic designer. We call them white space characters. There is a whole lot more to it than just hidden characters.
White spaces enable design elements to stand out and/or even separate them. For example: the space on the sides of a predetermined width layout, the margin spaces and the paddings (around pictures, blocks of text, etc).
White space doesn’t have to be white at all times. If a design’s background color is black, then the white space is also black.
How Does it Affect Design?
White space is applied in two ways in design and therefore affects it:
White space assists in improving the legibility of a Web page. If you have several contents you need to get across in a compact space, you can increase the tracking or leading to make the texts less difficult to read.
White space conveys an impression of grace to a design. The whiter spaces the pricier and excellent the design will be.
Start Playing with it in Your Designs
On the next page you’re going to design, ask yourself if there’s adequate space in the paddings and margins to convey the legibility and tone you desire. Learn to manage the white spaces all over your elements. Discover, innovate and feel free to share what you’ve designed in the graphics design community.