User interfaces and whitespace

Chris Blatnick runs an excellent website, devoted to user interface design, specifically as it applies in Lotus Notes and Domino applications. His latest post, SnTT: Sometimes, It’s About What’s Not There is a good ’un:

Passive whitespace is whitespace that was not intentionally created by the developer. Rather, it’s just space that is there due to the way the form is laid out. It’s not really very extreme in this example, but it gives the sensation that something is missing. Usually, playing with the alignment and sizing of your layout can correct passive whitespace problems pretty easily.

I like that.

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