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White Space/Dead Space

When I was a sophomore in high school I acted as the editor of the sophomore section of the high school year book.  I learned a lot about layouts, copy, photos, etc., but the thing I remember most was the dreaded white space ~ those terrible blanks on the page when the photos and text aren’t laid out properly.

When I got my own apartment, and later when I moved into a house, I learned about dead space.  Much like white space, dead space is a blank area in a room, devoid of any furniture or other decor.  Dead space is also a term that can be used when trying to fill a box, suitcase, or cupboard.  It’s the holes of emptiness that make for very inefficient storage.

I was thinking about white space and dead space as I was trying to fall asleep last night.  I was so tired, yet I couldn’t quite reach the blissful state of slumber.  I kept thinking of all the things I could do instead of just laying there trying to sleep, but I was too tired to get up and do anything.  Those are the nights I call my white space or dead space nights.  Holes and blanks in the continuum of time that I can’t seem to fill with productivity or sleep. 

It drives me crazy as it seems like such a waste.  How inefficient!  

When laying out a yearbook or decorating a house filling in the white/dead spaces just takes some trial and error. Trying to fill in white/dead spaces in time is quite another thing. Time keeps moving. If you leave a hole in it that hole will be there forever, never coming back to give you a second chance to fill it.

How are you filling in your white space?

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