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When it Comes to Graphic Design, Less is Always More

When it Comes to Graphic Design, Less is Always More

White Space: Noun

Empty space, space around an object or form; also called negative space.

We have all heard “keep it simple” a million times. From parents, teachers, mentors and employers, the message has been clearly articulated. The first time I heard the phrase was when I was 14 from my favorite high school teacher, Arthur (Art) Counts, who told me to always make sure to “K.I.S.S.” (keep it simple stupid). To this day, I hear his words in my mind and follow his advice on every piece I design.

Graphic Design: Noun

The art or profession of visual communication that combines images, words, and ideas to convey information to an audience, especially to produce a specific effect.

Think about it, the primary purpose of graphic design is to visually communicate a message to your audience. If you include too many elements on a page, a visual hierarchy cannot be established, leaving your customer confused and frustrated because they cannot find the one piece of information they are looking for. A designer’s job is to make your customer’s decision easy — buy your product because you solve their problem. How will they know your product solves their problem if they can’t see your solution?

In short, white space is your friend. Great design is comprised of a visually stimulating mix of color, shape, typography and negative, or white, space. This gives the viewer a visual rest and helps to make the main message clear. Whitespace also gives a greater opportunity for communicating your brand clearly and concisely.

So, in the immortal words of many before us, remember to “K.I.S.S.”

Lisa Higgins
Art Director for The Deciding Factor. Known to geek out over font trends and Swiss design as well as organizational processes. Other hats for the organization include project management, operations and team cheerleading. Enjoys being a mom and wife, spending time with her sisters, home projects and reading.