What do you make of the white space in these two literary works?

"and by Islands I mean Paragraphs" by J.R. Carpenter and DAKOTA by Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries

"And by Islands I Mean Paragraphs"


DAKOTA


More Discussion about Reading the White Space


Chapter 2 "Reading" by Marshall


Diagrammatic Writing by Drucker

"(The nothing that is here produces a certain anxiety, questions about what could,
should, might be present. Expectations abound. We are caught up short by the blank
space, or would have been, more so, without this aside.)"

| Better Than the Printed Page by Charles Maurer


|Reading on Screen by Vandendorpe

"...margins are not just lost space. They give shape to the text and allow the eye to regenerate from the tension produced by the innumerable saccadic movements of the eye during the reading process. With the disappearance of margins, text is reduced to its content. "


Overall Observations/Comments

*I've noticed a huge trend toward chalkboards recently (past couple of years). People hang chalk boards as art, you can buy chalk boards already chalked up permanently and sold as wall art, People have them in their kitchens as menu boards, Pintrest shows you how you can paint your cabinets with chalkboard paint to dual as a menu or message board. Many containers are sold with a chalkboard label, and a couple of years ago, my son and I made necklaces with miniature chalkboards on them as teacher appreciation gifts. They were cute. The chalkboard was round like a locket, but you could write a small message on it (I heart math, etc...). Anyway.... I digress... What I am getting at is that chalkboards are white on dark. Mauer says our brains are built to prefer dark on light, so this trend is bucking the system. One reason for the trend, I believe, is the nostalgia of the old chalkboard, but it is also interesting to think that back in the day, students learned by reading light on dark with the old school house slates.

Do we see light on dark anywhere else?


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