If I were the designer of Evernote, I would have allowed the user to make full use of the large blank area as showed in the picture below. For example, allow the user to customize this area, e.g. putting shortcuts here, as what was designed in the past versions of Evernote. But sometime ago, Evernote changed their design and now they leave this large area of blank space unused. How would you think? Is my assumption wrong? Or do I miss something?
[May 7] Thanks Evan Lange for pointing out the blank area is designed for displaying messages. But can we design it better in this case?