|Negative Space vs Positive Space
A background that plays an active role in a design.
A foreground that plays an active role in a design.
Negative Space vs Positive Space
John Spacey, updated on
Negative space is space in the background of a design that contributes to the design. That is to say, it is a background that is not incidental but intended to have some effect. Negative space isn't necessarily empty white space. For example, it can be decorative.Positive space is the foreground of a design. It isn't mentioned much because artists and designers typically remember that the foreground is important to a design. Negative space is more likely to be neglected or problematic.
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