35 Effective Examples of Minimalism in Web Design

So, for the sake of this post, if we take the theory out of the equation and simply revel in the visual beauty of the truly effective examples of minimalist in web design we have for you below.

For a more up to date selection of minimally designed website, take a look at this post: 25 Beautiful Examples of Modern Minimal Web Design.

Minimally White Designs

Idea Exhibit

Idea Exhibit

Yuna Kim

Yuna Kim

Astronaut

Astronaut

Deutsche & Japaner

Deutsche & Japaner

Imaginista Branding

Imaginista Branding

Girlfriend

Girlfriend

Allan Yu

Allan Yu

Christian Woo Story

Christian Woo Story

John Karlsson

John Karlsson

Eric Paul Snowden

Eric Paul Snowden

Vonvon

Vonvon

Neverbland

Neverbland

Eleventh Edition

Eleventh Edition

Terroir

Terroir

Liebling Design

Liebling Design

Minimally Grey Designs

Studio Antwork

Studio Antwork

Assembly

Assembly

Pill & Pillow

Pill & Pillow

We Are Empire

We Are Empire

Novo Citroen C3 Picasso

Novo Citroen C3 Picasso

Radial

Radial

Deaxon

Deaxon

Sylvain Ollier

Sylvain Ollier

Nice Device

Nice Device

Foundry Collective

Foundry Collective

Bärnt & Ärnst

Bärnt & Ärnst

Float Left

Float Left

Hocus Focus

Hocus Focus

Nizo for iPhone

Nizo for iPhone

Independent

Independent

Franklin Gaw

Franklin Gaw

Sajak&Farki

Sajak&Farki

Minimally Dark Designs

Marc Kimmel

Marc Kimmel

Intuition Events

Intuition Events

D.S. Higdon

D.S. Higdon

Alien Bikes

Alien Bikes

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Paul Andrew

Paul is the founder and editor of Speckyboy Design Magazine. He has many years experience within the web design industry and a passion for the latest web technologies and design trends. He lives in the small town of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Follow him on Twitter.

Comments

  • I’m confused, do you call minimalist a design with an economy in numbers of elements, or in numbers of colors? Or both?

    In my sense, from your list, Assembly, for example, is not a minimalist design. There’s no economy nore for colors or elements. Alien Bikes is minimalist (counted colors are part of the design), Imaginista not (too much arythmic elements). (sorry for my english…).Or do you call minimalist a design with a lot of white space?What’s the criteria(s) exactly? I’m not expecting a definition, of course, but the debate in my teamwork is quite apasionate… Thanks to participate :)

  • Great examples. I always like a nice clean website that has just enough information to get you there, but is not cluttered and full of fluff.

  • Chas. Johnson

    I always joke that my ideal home page would be just a blank white screen.

  • naazsedilix.blogspot.com

    very cool indeed

  • Hmmm…   I like these designs. The minimalist approach is an interesting challenge when it buts head with the commercial world. When a website has to play a role in business development, it is VERY difficult to make a minimalist approach work. It can be done — but making a site SELL a message while being minimal isn’t easy. 

  • Captain Kickarse

    Some cool sites featured, though minimalism doesn’t have to mean white and shades of grey…

  • From what I understand minimalism is removal of any un necessary elements.There is not count for any colors or elements.There is however a purpose for every design element present.

  • It isn’t the purpose of any design? I maybe have misspoken, minimalism is a different vision of things, not exactly a philosophy, but near. Leave the unnecessary elements of a whole should be the goal of any design, minimalist or not. I do not argue on the theme, it is not necessary, but the goal remains the same whatever the philosophy that we adopt: Design must be first useful and then beautiful if possible.

  • @egiova:disqus Absolutely.If we leave aside phrases what you say is true.But unfortunately many designers(and I must include myself) have a tendency of getting carried away in their creation.It is at these fickle times that words like minimalism remind us of the true purpose of design.At least this is what I feel.We must embrace the idea rather than the name.

    Side note: I came upon this website at a very fortunate time just as I was about to fall into the trap of excess!