Most people see the art of design as using shapes, colours and objects to fill up space and create a visual piece of work but within graphic design, web design or any form of professional design, there’s a core design element that’s detrimental to making that piece of design work. That element is known as negative space, white space or dead space and all it is, is empty space.
When begining any peice of work, its dead space that we start with (a blank canvas) and its up to the designer to figure out what goes where. Colours, lines, shape and typography are like tools for designers, much like a hammer and nails, and design principles are like instructions on how to use those tools. By combining the two you’ll know what design elements to use and where to place them but you never know what negative space might throw into the mix.
Negative space can sometimes be seen as space that’s left over in a piece of design but in order to make that design work, the empty negative space becomes apart of the design instead. The point is that not all empty spaces need to be filled.
Negative space is apart of the design…
Negative space is not empty space, its a design element that creates relationships between other elements on any peice of design. All great art and design considers and utilises negative space to make the final piece function effectively.