The Minimalist Design
You have probably heard of the phrase “Less is more” which was popularized by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe an architect that describes the minimalistic aesthetic. In today’s web design, a minimalist approach is achieved by using only the elements that is highly relevant to a given design.It stripped off the unnecessary elements, colors, shapes and textures.
Principles of Minimalist Web Design
For some building a minimalist web design is easy to do but for many bringing out a minimalistic design is complex. Either they are having a hard time building a page with a few elements or the end result is not just stunningly remarkable or captivating.
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Minimalism aims to showcase the most relevant content to the forefront and eliminating the unnecessary elements. To achieve a minimal result, take time to plan the site thoroughly. Consider each of the elements and decide whether you can remove them or place them in a different location.
A clean and minimal design is not restricted to using a black and white color. Minimalism means to simplify your color choices. Using too much color on a single page can be irritating.
It doesn’t mean that if there is a room for some things, you should always fill them up. In minimalist design, whitespace ensures elements don’t become jumbled together. In fact, whitespace is the driving force behind simplicity. But make sure you know how to effectively use the whitespace or else you will be left with a boring design.
Balance, Alignment, Contrast
Aside from white spaces, balance, alignment, and contrast are amongst the fundamental of a minimalist web design. Just like many sites, you only have a few seconds to express your message or lead them to where you want them to go. With the right balance, alignment, and contrast on a single page, visitors will have the utmost convenience to stay and navigate to the next pages. This creates a gratifying user experience.
It’s not for everyone
Minimalist web design is really very pleasing to the eye when it is skillfully structured. But take note that minimalistic style is not for every one. For instance, clean and simple web layout may not be very suitable for websites that rely heavily on advertising.
Best Examples of Clean and Minimalist Website Design
Whole Design Studios
Chris Wilhite Design
PH Digital Labs
Dodge & Burn
In web design, using many design elements can be tempting sometimes. But always remember that overly designed website may distract the viewers or misinterpret the priority of each element.
Richard is a creative designer & blogger. He writes for Crayonify about Graphics, Creativity and UX Design. Richard loves to unlock his creativity with writing.