By Cameron Chapman
Minimalism is achieved by reducing a design to only the most essential elements. Expressions of minimalism span multiple disciplines, as well as other art forms such as music and literature. For website designers, though, minimalism can be intimidating and difficult to master.
But anyone can master minimalism. Essentially, minimalism is about breaking things down to the barest elements necessary for a design to function. It’s about taking things away until nothing else can be removed without interfering with the purpose of the design. Below are a number of principles of minimalist design, as well as an exploration of current trends and additional examples.
You might also enjoy our previous article “Showcase of Clean and Minimalist Designs.”
Less Is More
“Less is more” is probably the most well-known catch phrase of the minimalist movement. It was popularized by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in describing the minimalist aesthetic.
In Web design, less is more is achieved by using only elements that are necessary to a given design. Using less to achieve an effect that’s more than the sum of the design’s parts is the goal.
Simple, straightforward typography and a bare use of color make for a design that’s aesthetically pleasing but minimal.
There’s a certain sophistication to designs that only use the bare minimum elements — nothing less, nothing more. In this showcase, you’ll get to see some great website designs that beautifully demonstrate the concept of minimalism.
Whole Design Studios
Flat design is trending these days in web design industry. In case you are not familiar with the concept, I am here to discuss – Flat design is the website design which do not includes drop shadows, textures, gradients, bevels and other patterns that are common in web designing. It is a straightforward design with no extra effects used to create depth and dimension. This design focuses on solid colors, typography and simple UI elements. Many designers have inspired from metro style interface, but we call it to the extreme of flat design. It is simple, designed with high contrast colors, square corners and straight lines giving a metro-like look and feel.
To help you get an idea about how flat design looks like, I have collected a few examples of flat website design to inspire you get it done for your website as well. Hope you like them and share the same with your friends and people you work with.
HTML5 Up! is a small showcase of the free responsive HTML5 + CSS3 site templates that AJ put together while developing 5grid. All of them are clean, minimal, fully responsive site templates built on HTML5 and CSS3. They are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
Read more at http://www.webappers.com/2013/05/22/free-responsive-html5-css3-site-templates/#ukrZ3eiEO5lmTUTG.99