Formatting · Typography

Typography Detangled; Part Two

Not a Waste of Space

Having already introduced typography in my previous post, I wanted to jump straight to an area that is often overlooked or misunderstood; the issue of white-space.

“But I thought typography was about what you’re putting on the page, not what you’re leaving out,” you might say. And you’re right… well, mostly.

Typography is all elements of design and structure for a piece of writing. For many, this begins and ends at choosing a font they like the look of. The font is a good place to start, (and I’ll be going into that in a later post) but there is so much more to it.

White-space is a crucial element of typography; a place for the eye to rest and relax before continuing with the next block of text. If you’ve ever faced a page—or screen—full of writing, felt your eyes attempt to skip over lines of text, or quickly became disinterested in what you were reading, then you’ll know how important that white-space is.

More than that, white-space allows for a greater amount of design in your text. Whether you choose to offset quotes, indent your paragraphs, or include a discrete section spacer, you’re making a statement on who you are as a writer. These are just some of the ways to make white-space work for you.

Not only does the formatting make a statement about the style of your writing, it also leaves an impression on your audience. You probably don’t want your writing to be seen as a foreboding wall of black squiggles; not when it has the potential to be so much more, with just a little space for your audience to breathe.

If you’re looking for help with your own typography, or have a finished product you would like formatted, take a look at this page for example package prices and get in touch for a quote.

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