“Don’t play what’s there; play what’s not there.”
― Miles Davis

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  • utilize – make practical and effective use of
  • Type A personality – ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status-conscious, sensitive, impatient, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, anxious, proactive, and concerned with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving “workaholics” who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence. (source: Wikipedia)
  • clutter – cover or fill (something) with an untidy collection of things
  • carve – cut from a larger piece
  • shun – persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • What is “white space?” Where can you come across it?
  • What is “heads-down” attitude and what kind of problems does it lead to?
  • What are the advantages of giving yourself heads-up time?
  • What is a White Space Challenge?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words.

Compare this ____ ‘heads-up’ time. When you lift your head ____ and give yourself permission to have unstructured time, you ____ able to savor fresh patterns and ideas. By giving yourself some white space ____ the schedule, you’re not wasting time but rather putting it ____ a higher use. ____ the same way artists, musicians, and poets would never clutter their work ________ squeezing in the maximum amount of brush strokes, notes, or words, packing your schedule like a can of tuna confines ____ than liberates.


Fill in the blank spaces with the missing articles (a/an/the).

In ____ art world, ____ “unused” space around ____ painted object is known as ‘white space’, and is considered equally important to ____ image itself. ____open space frames ____ work, providing ____ necessary contrast to allow ____ image to stand out. Think of those nearly blank print ads with ____ small Apple logo in ____ middle of ____ sea of white, and you’ll realize that great advertising also utilizes white space for impact.


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White space (visual arts)