The Importance of White Space in Design

August 29, 2013    Reading Time: 2 Minutes

White space is a common topic that comes up daily in our design work.

Someone will approach us for a job they need us to design (brochure, business card, flyer, etc.). We discuss their product or service, ask about their USP (Unique Selling Proposition), and talk about their current client base (among many other things).

We move forward and the person sends over their content document (images and text). The majority of the time there is a lot of content here, especially for the medium we’ll be designing for.

Depending on the marketing piece, audience, and message will determine the amount of content we will need. If we have 5,000 words and only a 6 x 4” postcard to design, the space for content is going to be limited and not very effective. On the other hand, if we’re creating a brochure or booklet, there will be a lot of room for content and imagery.

Instinctively we all want to list every neat feature that our product or service offers. The problem is that your audience doesn’t care. At least not yet. They want a quick snippet of why they should buy your product (through imagery and your message). Then they can decide to research it further or purchase now. With attention spans of the average housefly, you can expect your potential buyers to see your laundry list of features, decide it’s too much work to read, and move on.

You have got to design appropriately for your audience.

Are you offering 5 buck chuck swap meet glasses or are you offering the most trendy high-end glasses out there?

Design, along with your message will communicate this.

Take a look at the image in this post. Which advertisement communicates luxury, and which says luxury, but designs for anything but?

If you have a high quality product, it will speak for itself. You don’t have to scream (e.g., !!!!!) at your audience telling them why it’s the best. They’ll make that decision.

The Importance of White Space in Design

Last updated on August 31, 2016. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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I have worked with Shawn at Graticle for three years, which should speak volumes in and of itself. I am a high school teacher and serve as the Coordinator for the AVID program. Each August-September we create new t-shirts for distribution to all 140 of our students, along with supportive members of the faculty, staff, and administration.

My team of AVID teachers brainstorms ideas for both the front and back of the shirt, and I present the best one or two concepts to Shawn for his expert feedback. We quickly settle on the best design idea and colors, and then Shawn and I bounce more detailed suggestions off each other for a few days. His suggestions always result in significant improvements to my rough concept. He presents me with graphic “rough drafts” at each stage of our discussion until we have a design I’m really happy with.

Shawn then works his magic, and the final design is the work of a consummate professional. We get tons of compliments on our shirts, starting with our t-shirt printer, and usually end up having to do a second print run for additional faculty and staff who want one of the shirts. This year, a middle school in Southern California saw the design and asked if they could use it.

Another positive aspect of working with Graticle is that Shawn is easy to reach by phone or email, and he is very responsive. I hear back from him either the same day or the next day.

Working with Shawn and Graticle has been a pleasure, He produces good work quickly and at a fair price. I recommend him to you without reservation.

Bill Wolfe

Teacher & AVID Coordinator

Taft Union High School

www.taft.k12.ca.us

Taft, California

It has been a real pleasure working with Shawn at Graticle Design. He has a real talent for helping clients develop a website that reflects their product, as well as their own personal vision. Throughout the process he uses videos to help his clients understand how their website will work. And most important, he is always open to ideas and suggestions to ensure that their individual needs are met. Without reservation, I would recommend Graticle to friends and colleagues who are seeking a website designer.

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Owner

BestEver Handwriting

www.BestEverWrite.com

Modesto, California