7 Think about negative space
Balance out areas of detail with empty space. I love adding the micro details to a piece; they make the design pop! But often a design with too many details on show makes it feel too noisy for my taste. I like to balance out a design with areas of less detail. The eye needs a place to rest. This could be a smooth panel surface or a clean, overlapping fabric. Sci-fi designs tend to have smooth and clean shapes anyway, so there are plenty of opportunities to incorporate those emptier areas.