Recently, my Mom emailed me and asked, “what exactly is whitespace? Is it a new age concept?”
I’ve had several people ask me this question. And while I have some explanation of it written in my About page, I thought I would share in a post what exactly whitespace is, and where the concept comes from, because I am sure others have the same question.
I wrote back to my mom:
Whitespace is actually a technical communication term. Its also used in graphic design. Its the idea that you need to have enough “whitespace” on the page to balance out the text and images. Too much text and images can overwhelm the reader or viewer of the page. You also have to have enough whitespace in websites.
I have heard artists call this the “resting point” but they also refer to it as whitespace. There needs to be a resting point in your painting so the viewers eyes can, essentially, rest.
So I took the term and applied it to life. We need whitespace in life in order to balance out all the busyness and unnecessary stuff in our life. So whitespace can be a place of peace and rest and a way to make more sense of all the other things in your life.
As a technical communicator, when I first learned of the concept, I loved it. It made sense. And as I applied it to my work (and as I continue to apply it), I can see how the concept should spill over into our everyday lives. That’s why I based this blog after the concept. I am hoping to capture more whitespace in my spirit, body, home and earth.