There are no physical limitations stopping people covering their entire desk in paper. Or their floor for that matter.
Some people actually do that, and I used to be one.
There are limitations to the speed with which physical stuff can be opened and closed, but that’s an even stronger argument for leaving it all open on your desk. And yet there may be a downside to it.
The question I asked was meant to be more about the psychology that leads to thinking that a bit of empty screen is “wasted space”, esp when you have three monitors.
And I wasn’t questioning anyone’s right to feel that way, just
probing the thinking a little bit.
So to probe some more… as I’m reading the comments on this blog, there are two big blocks of empty white space in the sidebars. Is that a waste of space? Would it be better if the sidebars were full of some info or other all the way down to the bottom? Or is there advantage in the screen not being too busy and too full?
Feng Shui for monitors?
I’m actually interested to know what people think about that.
Maybe the post’s point wasn’t really about wasted space at all, but about “not distracting ourselves with pretty frippery”.