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White space in your design?

SenseiSteve

HD Moderator
Staff member
I wrote this some years ago, but I think it's still relevant.

"Resist loading up your pages with everything imaginable. Focus is important. Use white space to guide visitors as they navigate your site. Clutter simply invites confusion."

My pet peeve is long unbroken lines of text, so much so that I'll just skip reading it altogether.

Your thoughts on the right amount of white space, or does it even matter?
 

easyhostmedia

Well-known member
Personally, I think a website should be

1) Eyecatching
2) Glutterfree
3) Easy readable
4) Free of Lorem ipsum text
5) Fully working links
 
"Resist loading up your pages with everything imaginable. Focus is important. Use white space to guide visitors as they navigate your site. Clutter simply invites confusion."

Agreed although it's not always easy to implement especially when you have to write for a search engine and for a client which unfortunately at this point are two different things although google claims it not to be so. ( I guess this is where good designers and great UX designers work the hardest. I read upon UX a long while ago and they always made reference to "paradox of choice".

Which is one of the reasons (if not the main) I think the whole idea of less it more overall come about.

So to answer your question I think it matters white space is a great tool for guiding and amplifying content. To have more impact, importance and value. I think it's also a good way to stop skim-reading on stuff you need your clients to hear.

It's almost like even if I find a page interesting and I want to read it. When I see a ton of text my mind is already gearing up to skim read, and so I may miss some points, however, if there is less I feel less pressured so I can read and comprehend to the fullest.
 

S4 Hosting

Active member
I'm a big fan of white space and 'clean' design, it's just so much easier to look at and find what you need (when executed well), but a lot of people seem to look at a simple clean page without more information than it needs and think that it is basic, not giving enough info, or unfinished.
 
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