It gives positive elements room to breathe.
Think about music for a moment. A child with visual spatial problems may have difficulty with: 1. If every note or chord were played at the same time, you wouldn’t have music. Two others are these:In fairness, if my browser was wider when I grabbed the screenshot, the arrows wouldn’t overlap with the main content. The relational theory of space is a metaphysical theory according to which space is composed of relations between objects, with the implication that it cannot exist in the absence of matter. While the page is overly generous with space, you’re unlikely to complain that there’s too much of it. Everything in a design of yours will be seen as one or the other, and the relationship between them is mutually exclusive. You’d have noise.
Prior to the addition of positive elements, space is undefined. An internal directional relation specifies where an object is located inside the reference object while an external relations specifies where the object is located outside of the reference objects.For human thinking, spatial relations include qualities like size, distance, volume, order, and, also, time: When the reference object is much bigger than the object to locate, the latter is often represented by a point. Music occurs when sounds are contrasted against silence. Distance relations specify how far is the object away from the reference object.Time is spatial: it requires understanding ordered sequences such as days of the week, months of the year, and seasons. Do these arrows block the flow of space? You can waste space by trapping it inside elements of a design and not allowing it to connect to other space in the design.The main content is slightly off center on the page, with generous space on either side. You can waste space by overfilling it. It sets a context for how your design communicates and how it will be interpreted.As with the websites above, space is used to both enclose and separate groups of distinct information, allowing each group to stand out and allowing the eye to find what it wants and to rest in between.The large image at the top of this page could potentially stand as a temporary block to accessing the content below; however, a generous amount of space next to the image provides ample and inviting room for the eye to move around it. Only important information — in this case, status updates and reports of incidents — interrupt the space.Think about music for a moment. Between oneself and other people. To that end, let’s look at the design of some websites, taking notice of how space is used.I hope you take away two main things from this post.