White Space in Web Design
White space or negative space is a website design tool that consists in leaving a part or parts of a page purposely l in blank to give readers a break from all the information so they can process it without distractions. Negative space creates a more elegant and sophisticated web design improving user experience by balancing the website interface.
It can be any space like a line or the space between or surrounding elements of a website such as images and graphics, typography, and icons. The letter spacing, margins, and gutters on a website design are examples of white space. It is aesthetically pleasing and a fundamental building block of good website design, white space is the glue that holds a good website together.
However aesthetics is just one of the reasons to use white space on your site, negative space has a massive impact on how we take in and process information and it is just as important as the website content because it helps to improve website readability and performance.
In the age of information, we are bombarded by visual data all the time which can cause cognitive fatigue, confusion, and difficulty to absorb it all, but by leaving strategically placed blank spaces throughout a site we can help users focus on the website’s core message.
Used correctly, white space can guide the user’s eyes from one point to another on the website and establish an information hierarchy creating a path for the user to follow. And the best part of it is that despite the name it doesn’t need to be white, in fact, it can be any color, texture, pattern, and background.
The bottom line is less is more and a clean minimalistic website design is key to enhancing user experience, increasing visitor comprehension, and boosting a business by keeping people on your website page.
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