Ever felt overwhelmed by a slide in an e-learning course? Maybe there was too much information crammed onto one screen, or perhaps you didn’t know where to look or what to click to advance. As e-learning designers, we want to minimize the chances learners will feel this same way. And a great way you can prevent cluttering your courses is to use white space.

White space, also known as negative space, is the empty unmarked space between the text boxes, objects, characters, and shapes in design. But it doesn’t have to be empty white space; it can be any color or pattern, or even a background image. White space is a great design tool you can use to design your courses and improve the learning experience

Unfortunately, some people consider white space to be a missed opportunity to add more information. The reality is that a lack of white space actually impedes comprehension. When used properly, white space can make your e-learning content more legible and scannable. You can use white space to ...

Make text more legible

White space is what separates each character and line of text in a paragraph, and it helps the learner read more easily. Adjusting the kerning (the amount of space between each character) and the leading (the amount of space between each line of text) can make a drastic difference in how easy it is to read your content.

Add breathing room

Best practices recommend that up to 50 percent of a design consist of white space. Consider also applying this principle to your e-learning designs. A generous amount of white space helps avoid visual clutter and gives the content in your course breathing room.

Create logical groupings

One way our mind organizes visual information is with the Law of Proximity, which states that objects near to each other appear similar. You can use white space to help learners make sense of the information presented to them. The margins between objects are simple ways to handle logical groupings of slide elements.

Remember: white space is a design element you can use to improve the learning experience and visual design of your courses. Hopefully these three simple tips will help you declutter your courses and add appropriate breathing room to your next design.

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