In the world of art and design, white space = negative space.
Artists value both positive and negative space as they fill their canvases.
Graphic designers position color, text, and image, with uncluttered care, in white space.
Sumi-e artists entice the viewer’s imagination through suggestions of ink floating in white space.
On Harry Beck’s subway map, white space allows the user to find her way with ease along side and main rail tracks.
Theresa Amabile wrote a post, Three Threats to Creativity. She’s the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Amabile shared that “the first threat to business creativity is our endangered education system.” Here’s what she says a work environment needs for creativity to thrive:
1) smart people who think differently
2) Passionate engagement
3) a creative atmosphere
Amabile says mandated and narrowed curricula close down creativity in education. As America’s corporate ed-reformers and politicians increase standardization of learning inside cookie cutter schools and classrooms, I believe passion for learning decreases among educators and children. Mass standardization pushes for a culture of people who think the same, follow procedures and discourage new ideas. If we want “design think”, how do we create a “contagious creativity” within a customizable curricula?I wonder why we keep painting all of the white spaces in our children’s world, instead of seeking the perfect balance of color and light.