Embracing Negative Space in Your Designs: White Space Tips to Consider and Examples to Admire Designers often view negative space (or “white space”) as a sign of an incomplete design, or space that needs to be filled with… something. Your simple design work can look stellar already, but if you notice a substantial amount of empty space left, you may be compelled to put in peripheral embellishments that don’t really enhance the design. While the end result may seem like a more complete or thorough job, the reality is that those last-minute additions to the design are often purely there to take up space. Although negative space is inherently empty, it can strengthen a sense of simplicity in your design, and it even afford the opportunity for some creative, clever design ideas (we’ll get to some of those later in the article). Believe it or not, a design that has a large amount of “white space” can be a favorite for clients and a source of pride for a designer. Planning When mapping out your placement, try to arrange the design elements in a cohesive manner. Simplicity Separate Size
Comics of the week #100 Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below as well as any related stories of your own… Casual Friday Basic social networking The nervous designer Can you relate to these situations?
The Worst Thing to Put on Your Company Website | BNET Last Updated Oct 5, 2011 12:42 PM EDT Turns out Satan is a Web programmer. Who else would have invented the captcha code -- the often illegible hieroglyphics used to prove you're a human being and not a spammer or other malicious "bot"? Whether you're placing an online order or just completing a simple contact form, this Devil's work now appears on more and more sites. I recently went to the website of a tiny (like two-person) company and just wanted to send an email, and it shot a captcha code at me. I question how many small businesses are at such huge risk of robot attack that they really need these in the first place. The most offensive, unfriendly, infuriating captcha of all is the classic "wacky word" characters, often buried within a web of random lines and other such obfuscation: But it doesn't have to be this way. Here are my top four favorites. CLICK for #4 >> © 2011 CBS Interactive Inc..