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@@====Reading the White Space ====@@
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@@**What do you make of the white space in these two literary works?**@@
"[[http://luckysoap.com/andbyislands/|and by Islands I mean Paragraphs" by J.R. Carpenter]] and [[http://www.yhchang.com/DAKOTA_V.html|DAKOTA by Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries]]

==="And by Islands I Mean Paragraphs"===
- the vast amounts of white space slowed me down - pushing me into more contemplative reading
- there was a lot more white space than islands, making me notice and consider the role/value of the white space
- white space is sometimes called negative space - so what would that mean here?
- the white space is uncharted - or unmarked. There are no trails to follow.
- why is it white? why not blue?

===DAKOTA===
- the contrast of black on white
- the white is background for the action
- the white is cinematic screen
- the white is not distracting, or is it?
- the white allows my mind to create the images and visuals
- sometimes there is a lot of white, sometimes there is less

=====More Discussion about Reading the White Space=====

===Chapter 2 "Reading" by Marshall===
- On page 32 - "the optimal use of white space affected both reading speed and text comprehension"

===Diagrammatic Writing by Drucker===
- On page 10, a mostly white page with the exception of this small piece of text attached at the bottom, Drucker writes,
"(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.)"

===[[http://tidbits.com/article/17850|| Better Than the Printed Page by Charles Maurer]]===
- Mauer, whose wife is a visual scientist, states that our brains, from infancy, find it easier to comprehend material that is black on white or dark on light and not the other way around.

===[[http://digitalhumanities.org:3030/companion/view?docId=blackwell/9781405148641/9781405148641.xml&chunk.id=ss1-5-4&toc.depth=1&toc.id=ss1-5-4&brand=9781405148641_brand||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. "

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====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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