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EDUCATION GRAPHICS
DESIGN PRINCIPLES
WHITESPACE
DECEMBER 2011
White space is nothing.

White space is the absence of content. White space does not
hold content in the way that a photograph or text holds meaning
and yet it gives meaning, through context, to both image and
text. In fact,
white space can make or break the effective
transmission of image and text
.

Whitespace doesn’t always have to be white. It can be any
other colour. Whitespace refers to any empty area (coloured or
white, opaque or transparent) that is devoid of text and/or
image.

whitespace is often referred to as negative space. It is that
portion of a page left unmarked: the space between graphics,
margins, gutters, space between columns, space between lines of
type or figures and objects drawn or depicted. The term arises
from graphic design practice, where printing processes generally
use white paper.

Whitespace 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.