Negative Space


Negative space is the space around the subject of an image. For example, if you have a picture of a ball, the negative space in that picture is everything around the ball.

The clever artist can use negative space to communicate a supporting or secondary idea. With the ball example, that picture could have the ball smack in the middle of an otherwise blank image to convey the idea of a ball sport in Japan.

Actually, it’s useless to explain it in words. You get a better idea if you see for yourself.

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The Same Colour Illusion


The Same Colour Illusion demonstrates that a design element can produce different results when placed in different surrounds.

Text tricks for when you cbf with design

The title is sort of misleading.

Making a site look good with just text is a form of design. And there are simple enough guidelines out there that we can easily take ‘programmer design’ to the next level.


  • Maintain strong colour contrast that’s easy on the eyes
  • Consider text size for readability
  • Use text size, alignment, colour and style to show content hierarchy
  • Include whitespace and negative space to draw attention to your text