This thesis will investigate the potential use of effective negative space to improve the readability of text typography in graphic design. Negative space in two-dimensional design is also referred to as "white space" -- which is void of text or graphics. Negative space is more than just the background of a design. This thesis will demonstrate negative space as an element of design itself and develop a systematic approach to address negative space as it occurs in the following: margins, background, space for the eye to rest, signal that there is a break or end in the communication, variation in space -- passive vs. dynamic, implied space.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Graphic arts--Technique; Graphic design (Typography)--Technique; Space (Art)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Lachance, Patti - Chair
Lee, Dong Hyun, "Effective use of negative space in graphic design" (2007). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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