any single character or series of characters that represents horizontal or vertical space in typography

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Ideas on what to do with the white space available when hiding sections of a long form

I'm currently working on a new user registration page containing two sections - personal details and account details. The account details section must remain hidden until the personal details section ...
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Best approach for displaying content across a full screen UI design?

While I've become pretty accustomed to designing within responsive grids I wanted to take a stab at creating a full screen interface. One of the more challenging aspects in doing so is dealing with ...
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Is a middle dot (·) the best way to signify a space?

In our web application we try to give explicit instructions of what to do or to type if the user desires so. One of our tips looks like Click or type /r to respond. If /r followed by a space is typed ...
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Should forms be aligned left or center, if less than full page width?

Our web application has a small header and nav menu at the very top, and below, there is simply a large area of open space. We have no need for an always-present sidebar, so there is just one column. ...
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What is a good way to fill in too much white space? [duplicate]

I have little design experience. Here is what my site looks like. Favicons and user images are added dynamically but the site looks sparse otherwise. How can I add content. I don't want to grab ...
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Does reducing white space improve or degrade the user experience?

As a web designer, I work on a lot of ecommerce websites. One piece of feedback that comes in time and time again, is to make vertical spacing smaller, not only to get more products above the fold, ...
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What to do when a page's content doesn't fill up enough of a fixed area?

An application has a fixed size, i.e 800x600 px. However, a problem I often run in to is that the page's content isn't enough. It's simply too little content on a big area. Consider the mockup below, ...
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Should I leave white space inside accordion?

I'm building some web editor for charts and decided to group various independent chart options inside accordion. A question poped up about whitespace inside contents of some accordion panes. Basically ...
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Spacing of items inside a panel (WrapPanel)

Many sites and applications using WrapPanel to display your items. Items are queued from left to right and when there is no more space tend to skip to the next line. For Example: What is the ...
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master/detail view blank state/detail view when nothing is selected

I have a following view/form: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Basically it is a form where I can fill out some information for a new record. When the ...
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Is there a theory on white spaces alone, or is it a consequence of other psychological aspects?

I'm doing a presentation on User Experience to my fellow colleagues (IT consultants) and have a section on white spaces / white spacing. Seems like searching for relevant content is not possible when ...
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Why aren't iPhone text messages at full width?

Why aren't text messages viewed on the iPhone iOS displayed at full width? I can think of several reasons why it would make sense: Short messages won't have unnecessary line breaks, long text ...
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How little is too little padding between button text and its button border?

jQuery has a default amount of padding within their buttons, as seen here: jQuery UI - Button Demo. I think it looks nice, but my boss keeps telling me to kill the padding. Specifically, he said to ...
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White space vs. Information [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I defend and/or encourage white space as an effective design element? At the company where I work, every day, there are discussions about "how to fill the ...
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“Clutter” equation

When trying to find the optimal size and placement for an element, I can model the utility using Fitt's law. Of course, using this law by itself will just tell me that everything should be massive and ...
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How can I defend and/or encourage white space as an effective design element?

I am a big proponent of clean designs and effective utilization of white space but it seems every client, developer, seemingly everyone, tries to fill all the available space with "something". I can ...
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Does “ink is expensive” apply in a user interface context?

Edward Tufte in the book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information states, more or less, that ink is expensive. Any ink which is not used to actually convey information is chartjunk and it will ...
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What are the rules of thumb for margins in web design?

My web designer tells me that in a web page, the empty margins or padding should always be multiples of a standard. For example 6 px, 12px, 18px. This should produce nicely balanced lay-outs. I would ...