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Looking at Negative Space in 2D and 3D Design

Looking at Negative Space in Three Dimensional Design: A Trans-Disciplinary Design Presentation by Designer Carey Baker, and Discussion.

Less is more. We mostly focus on positive space in the world but what about the negative space. You need both to feel balanced. Lets start a dialog about this empty void that is a requirement to 2D and 3D design.

Negative Space, also called White Space, is the space around and between objects in a two dimensional or three dimensional design. Using negative space effectively is an art in itself, and is often the lynch pin that gives power to a good design. Is the spacing too cramped or too loose, or does it have that certain presence of "just right"? Is the shape it creates a strong design element in itself?

Negative Space is considered in everything from the leading in type, to photography, graphic design, painting and sculpture, to the design of products, interiors, and public parks. In this discussion we will work to understand how to use this important tool to create power in our designs.

Here are a couple of links for anyone who would like to read up on the topic in advance of our discussion:
Wikipedia: Negative Space

Design Festival: A Solid Understanding of Negative Space

How To Use Space In Design

All the Best,

Carey, and Lisa

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  • Lisa H.

    Really fantastic presentation, Carey! Thank you.

    May 13, 2013

  • Terry C.

    Hello Cecelia, I got an email notice this morning regarding your
    liking my comment about White Space. Thanks. Sorry I couldn't make it to the event. My confusion is not knowing how to reply directly to your comment,, when clicking on 'reply' it takes me to a place to reply to my own comment. Anyway, I see you're a mental health counselor and thus likely aware of the connection between space and behavior and how the 'mold' of one's personal living or work environment reinforces behavior,, perhaps the same patterns of behavior the inHABITant is aiming to alter through counseling support. Perhaps we'll connect one day soon. Regards, Terry

    1 · May 10, 2013

    • Cecelia S.

      Hi Terry, Both my husband, George, and I work in Mental Health. I just looked up inHABITant ~ which seems to parallel the Permaculture movement . Hope to see you at the next meeting.

      May 10, 2013

  • Cecelia S.

    I really enjoyed your talk and felt inspired to create. I'm off to the garden to design with negative space, a place to breathe and enjoy.

    May 10, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Carey, I want to thank you for an absolutely SUPER presentation, well thought out, elegantly designed, and full of wonderful insights and information. Cheers, and Thanks :)

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Terry C.

    Macro and micro whitespace in the architectural and interior design business is uncluttered space that is defined by objects, the space within our personal environments that allow for optimum efficiency of use. As graphic design whitespace influences the readability and feel of a business card, for example, so too does the effectiveness and feel of your personal environment influence, through the powerful connection between space and behavior, your performance, life and sense of well-being.

    1 · May 7, 2013

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