White space is the term used by designers for ‘negative space’. It’s used to describe areas on the compsition that are ‘blank’ or ‘empty’.

The use of white space is very important for a compoistin of any design, as it is what directs the eye around the different elements.English language websites need to use formatting and white space in copy.

All English Language websites need to use formatting to create effective white spaces. otherwise it will look cluttered and users don’t ‘know where to look

Great, but how do you make “white space”

With English and other European languages, there is a number of formatting and text layout options that creates white space. Webdesign also offer formatting options to give you ‘blocks’ of whitespace.

The punctuation an formatting options in English give you some fantastic options to create white space easlier

  1. number list
    • bullet points


      bold italics

etc are all commonly in use and understood by most people using the Latin alphabet (i.e. the one used in English!). This makes it reatlively wasy to create effective formatting in a globally recognised style.

I worked in China in the early 00’s, and there isn’t the same options for formatting and punctuation to create white space.

Weibo, China’s most popular social media platform, uses ‘hard’ or website formatting to achieve whitespace on it’s home page, leading to a very modern look

Chinese webdesign is a very interesting contrast to “western” design ethics, https://www.quora.com/Why-are-most-websites-still-cluttered-clunky-and-plastered-with-ink-when-white-space-and-simplicity-cuts-through

onCourse website template already have white space embedded

We got designers to work on our onCourse website templates, so there’s already white space embedded. Your main area to add whitespace is in your course descriptions.

If your website has been designed by a createive agceny they will have provided you with a guide on these items. You will need to consult with the media agency before you make any chagnes not already in that guide, as it may impact your website design.

Use all the Headings

the more text, the more you need headings and subheadings.

Heading Level 1

Heading Level 2

Heading Level 3

for onCourse users, the course descirptions should use heading 3 as your subheadings, as you will have already used Heading 1 for the course desciptions.

In the course desciprtion, using more than one ‘heading’ is not recommended. It’s best to have a longer list of the same heading for moblie users to scroll down, rather than have increasingly smaller headings.

Non English language

If you need to add non English langage sections to your website, it’s a good idea to research the webdesign standards for that language.

If you’re intersted, you can check out the impact of language on web design. https://www.quora.com/Why-are-most-websites-still-cluttered-clunky-and-plastered-with-ink-when-white-space-and-simplicity-cuts-through