Design Trends: Minimal Design


If there is one design style that is vogue at the moment it has to be Minimal Design, the trend started about 2 years ago and has continued to grow in strength.

Minimal design focuses on the information in the website rather than the visual presentation used in its design, its is only natural that websites favor this design style, since content is considered king. Everything that might distract the user or draw their attention away from content is eliminated.

It makes no difference what the content of the website is, writing, designs or photos, they can all be consumed much more easily with a minimal design.

Sometimes the biggest obstacle for creating a minimal design is the client. They like to cram as much into every page of their website as they can, but giving the website users too many options is often just as bad as giving them none.

Features of Minimal Design

The features of minimal design have been covered very well by both Smashing Magazine, and Vandelay Design.

Plentiful whitespace, effective typography, solid color palette, and elimination of the superfluous, are important facets of minimal design, but for me C.R.A.P becomes even more important.

With fewer elements making up the design, how they Contrast, Repeat, Align and Proximate is even more important. Mike Rundles article, which predates the current minimal web design trend is a great guide to designing with C.R.A.P. in mind.

A solid design grid is very important tool for minimal and C.R.A.P designs although not an absolute requirement. A design grid helps to ensure effective use of whitespace and proper alignment of the website contents, yes you have to break the grid from time to time, but having it there to break is key.

Showcase

thecanarycollective
siiimple

thegridsystem
siiimple

http://www.thegridsystem.org/

55eleven
55eleven

konigi
konigi

getfinch
siiimple

internationalorange
internationalorange

montylounge
siiimple

zurb
zurb

alonsocreative
siiimple

Looking for more examples, a number of galleries that showcase minimal designs have now appeared:

siiimple
siiimple

minimalsites
minimalsites

minimalexhibit
minimalexhibit

minimalshowcase
minimalshowcase

About Mubashar Iqbal

Mubashar Iqbal is the creator of Most Inspired, a web designer and developer, who has been building websites for over 13 years. You can read his blog at Mubashar Iqbal
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11 Responses to Design Trends: Minimal Design

  1. Steven Snell says:

    Thanks for linking to Minimal Exhibit.

  2. Shen says:

    Nice collection!

    I recommend taking a look at these, as well:
    http://www.alexafalcone.com/
    http://www.wearebuild.com/
    http://www.thisisrealart.com/

  3. Daus says:

    And my blog appear on that Minimal Exhibit screenshot :)

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  5. nice sites,thanks for sharing!

  6. This is a great list. I’ve always had a thing for minimal websites. You can tell by my own website – http://bloqhead.com

  7. Cat Johnson says:

    I really like the trend toward minimal websites. Hype and flashiness sometimes overpower and distract from the content, which is why we visit sites right?

    Thanks for the great post.

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  9. pista says:

    funny these “trends”. I know a bunch of guys making minimal websites since html was born. but FINALLY people woke up!

    http://siteinspire.net/ – very good inspiration.

  10. Constantin says:

    I dropped the C.R.A.P. and our last meeting and people followed it with a laugh :). Nice article and keep it up.