When it comes to website design, sometimes less truly is more. So many sites get bogged down in the details, becoming messy, slow to load, or a pain to navigate. It’s a breath of fresh air to encounter a clean and crisp interface that gives you the facts without the frills. And don’t mistake calm for unassuming: it’s often the most minimal of websites that make the largest impact.
The twenty websites below have mastered the art of minimalist design. They demonstrate that you can still get all of your information across, express your company’s unique character, and make a powerful visual statement even within the simplest and most streamlined of looks.
The personal website for a designer’s writing excerpts. A left hand column for articles and right hand column for posts keeps content organized and up-to-date, with the most recent selections appearing first.
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A Working Library
Organized like a blog and styled in a minimal book-like way. The simple lines separating items are the only real design elements within the page.
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Effective example of what large typography and a splash of accent color can do.
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One bold web page background color is all that’s necessary to grab your attention and carefully balanced out by simple graphics and tasteful writing.
Unexpected minimalism: The photography website of Cade Martin, who forgoes images entirely and focuses only on a paragraph of light grey text, so light it almost blends into the background.
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Dan Joe Design
Dan Joe Designs’ signature graphic makes two simple statements: The first, and most important, emphasizes the quality of the designer’s work, and secondly it subtly directs your eye towards the navigation.
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Fat Man Collective
The simple list of company attributes, services and projects is sometimes all that’s needed to put your message across.
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One circled “clarity” graphic dominates the website, making the point that this is what you’ll achieve through working with Fell Swoop. The circled word theme continues throughout other sections of the site bringing a uniformity to its minimal design.
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This artist’s website looks like a blank canvas…that is, until you roll the mouse over the boxes and the empty spaces are filled with images.
Kyle Standing is a great example of a TumbleBlog that tracks the writer’s contributions over several different social networking services. A minimalist design only serves to highlight the innovating and intriguing idea in itself.
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About. Work. Contact. Three choices for visitors give the only options for where traffic can go. Assertive white font against a black background creates an arresting aesthetic.
A blog dedicated to minimalist design keeps to its guiding aesthetic with a two-columned web page template. Images on the left, text on the right, and no other distracting element to be seen.
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Network Osaka has a large quantity of information, in the form of a timeline, all compressed and streamlined in a minimal manner.
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Minimalist in the extreme: an entirely black background color contrasted against the white prototypes of simple design. A hidden drop down menu provides the only access to other pages – each of which are formatted in the same minimal perfection.
Postmachina highlights their name and motto in white. All the rest, including a logo, is bathed in a medium shade of grey that fades into the darker grey of the web page background color.
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The Rules of a Gentleman
Striking words require no frills ;)
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The Strange Beautiful homepage images are displayed in a grid format, with transparent grey overlays creating a sense of depth and layering.
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Minimal doesn’t have to be boring. Squarespaces features a transparent overlaid graphic, deliberately set off-center and lined by ruler markings. All of the minimal design elements seem to cleverly point you towards the content.
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Toko has a simple and perfectly ordered grid made all the more interesting through its off-set lines and shapes. The minimal design redirects your focus to the content.
Visualbox has opted for a minimal website that echoes its name and philosophy, so that all of your focus is on their previous work and projects.
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