🎠 Negative space spectrum

Finding the right balance with information density is an ongoing struggle in the enterprise UX world.

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I've been thinking about negative space. Working on a lot of enterprise B2B UI, it often feels like it's a completely different world there. Consumer experiences tend to focus too much on negative space and I have a feeling it's getting worse, almost to the point of detriment for usability. Visually, it often looks nice, clean, and sleek (and all other buzzwords you've heard a lot already), but I often find myself thinking that UI elements start "losing" relation to each other.

Paul Fitts (who developed Fitts's law) would not approve 😆 I am also getting more and more serious about questioning the spacing and trying to be very careful and find the right balance of the information density (too much can be also detrimental to key usability metrics). Sadly, in the enterprise software world, too many stakeholders want to jam as much information on the screen as possible 🤦‍♂️

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