There are over 80 million smartphones in circulation throughout the world. Which means we are truly entering an age of "always on" and "on-the-go." This new mobile explosion is changing the way we receive and interact with content, whether we're paying bills, answering emails, ordering food, checking our favorite sites - news/design - or purchasing our favorite products on Etsy.
I submit the savvy way to get started on a new website is to pickpocket ideas wherever you can find ‘em.
Balance, proportion, harmony; does your site have visitors saying “Namaste”? Creating a peace amongst your white space, graphics and text connects your site and brings it back to its wholeness—composing an overall Zen.
Not all industries have equal purposes, thus the correspondence between graphics, text and white space varies for websites depending on their objectives. For instance e-commerce sites are presented with the challenge of incorporating a large amount of textual content paired with graphics to appropriately describe products. Although e-commerce sites aim to display a large amount of information, a well balanced e-commerce site should consist of 40% white space, 30% text and 30% graphics.
Let’s compare the e-commerce sites of the leading outdoor clothing companies, Patagonia and The North Face. Although they both sell yoga apparel, which company provides the best balanced design on their storefronts?
White space/negative space is a rather positive design element. It’s the area around text and graphics that provides users clarity as it helps organize pathways on a site. E-commerce sites that sacrifice white space can result in a cluttered appearance.
Print design allows for more freedom with the use of white space, where as web design is more sensitive to the application of white space.... Read more