White or Negative Space

  • Use of space gives the eye time to rest
  • Balance the use of text and graphics to make things readable
  • White space gives the design resting places

Wordle: Space Elements

Consider these techniques for white or negative space:
  • Use white space around the outside of your designs
  • Keep the center free from white space as much as possible
  • Use shapes to balance the spaces (ie. design your collage within a shape)
  • White space doesn't have to be "white" but choose a color that enables the eye to "rest"

Collage Check:
  • Have I used white space to allow a rest for the eye?
  • Have I blurred or altered the background to create negative space?
  • Does the negative or white space help to emphasize my design?