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Hand-drawn pictures can make things clear, simple, and fun in blogs, too!

Visual Thinking & Lettering Design: Fill the Space!


Hand-lettering has a certain charm computer generated letters just don't have. The letters are never perfectly formed. Spacing is never 100% uniform. And lines are never perfectly straight. All those little imperfections are where that charm comes from.

Take a look at the quote above. This was done rather quickly, with a permanent pen straight from the start. So obviously, things aren't perfectly planned out. Or perfectly drawn in. But it's safe to say, the text is far from boring.

That's partly because pretty much all of the white space is between the letters. To make the words fit the page, I had to get creative with the spacing. It's unpredictable. It breaks the rules a bit. And that's what makes it interesting.

Big blocks of text can be very boring to the eye. So the next time you're faced with a big, boring block of text, let the words fill the space. And forget about making everything perfectly uniform.

Whitespace: Why Some Graphically Recorded Images Have More Than Others

Shop.Org Summit Graphic Recording Melinda Walker One Squiggly Line

Every graphic recorder, illustrator, artist, etc. has their own style and preferences for the amount of white space left on the page. But when it comes to live graphic recording, two  other things determine the amount of white space far more than style alone: Time and content.

The two generally (but not always) go hand in hand. Longer talks and presentations generally cover more content, and more content means there's more stuff to fit on the page. That, in turn, leads to less white space. The reverse is true, too. Shorter talks cover less content, which means there's less to fit on the page, resulting in more white space.

Take a look at the images above. Both were created at the same conference. The one on the left was created during an  11 minute presentation. The one on the right was created during an hour long presentation. See what I mean?