How To Activate Space In A Design

White space is to be regarded as an active element, not a passive background.
Jan Tschichold

Form exists within space. Without whitespace there is no form as one provides the contrast in which to see the other. Learning to see and use the space in your designs is one of the most important things you can do as a designer. Space can be active and space can be passive and while both have pros and cons we generally want the space in our designs to be active.
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Designing Meaningful Aesthetics

This weekend I came across a post from a few months back that seems to be making the rounds again. Beyond Web Mechanics – Creating Meaningful Web Design by Mike Kus argues that designers should be making thoughtful choices in regards to the aesthetic decisions we make. He argues that we should create meaningful aesthetics.
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Are Your Designs Pixel Perfect? – My Design Process

One question designers face is how much time should be spent on wireframes, mockups, and design comps. Should you strive for pixel perfection or should you spend as little time as possible on them in favor of developing the site as soon as possible? What level of detail is appropriate for images you hand off to clients for their approval?
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Mighty Deals For Design Professionals: Sponsored Review

As a creative professional you often need a variety of tools when working on a project. On one project you might be looking for a certain style of Photoshop brush. On another you might need a high quality WordPress theme. If you’re like me you search at the beginning of a project or at the moment the need hits sometimes wasting hours.
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Should Web Designers Know How To Code?

Should web designers know how to code? It’s a question that comes up again and again, usually with great and passionate disagreement by the design community. I wouldn’t say it’s necessary, but I do think it’s in the best interest of web designers to know how to develop their designs.
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