Honor the eyes and brains of your readers: Whitespace

By Mark Boulton:

“Whitespace,” or “negative space” is the space between elements in a composition. More specifically, the space between major elements in a composition is “macro whitespace.” Micro whitespace, is—yes, you’ve guessed it—the space between smaller elements: between list items, between a caption and an image, or between words and letters. The itty-bitty stuff.

So what does whitespace do?

Source: alistapart.com

This vintage (2007) article explains the importance of whitespace in web design.  When we read online our brains crave easy to scan text that doesn’t overload the senses.  It’s a basic lesson that every instructional designer and online teacher should take to heart. 


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