40 Beautiful Examples of Minimalism in Web Design

May 24 2009 by Jacob Gube | 98 Comments

Minimalism is a design style that emphasizes simplicity and the removal of superfluous elements in one’s own work. It’s applied in art, architecture, print work, and in web design.  There is something extraordinary about making something magnificent with limited resources, and in this showcase, you’ll find the work of talented designers that exhibit exemplary use of Minimalism theories applied to web design.

1. Typographica

Typographica

2. Theme

Theme

3. Squarespace Blog

Squarespace Blog

4. Chama Inc

Chama Inc

5. GOOD

GOOD

6. Buffalo

Buffalo

7. Jason Santa Maria

Jason Santa Maria

8. monty lounge industries

monty lounge industries

9. Berit Sømme

Berit Sømme

10. JeffCroft

JeffCroft

11. el Candor

el Candor

12. La Fábrica

La Fábrica

13. design by silnt

design by silnt

14. Black Estate Vineyard

Black Estate Vineyard

15. Pixelcraft

Pixelcraft

16. RIKCAT

RIKCAT

17. Pixel Umbrella – Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson

18. Poccuo

Poccuo

19. Klipp og Lim

Klipp og Lim

20. cabedge.com

cabedge.com

21. Ole Martin Kristiansen

Ole Martin Kristiansen

22. siteInspire

siteInspire

23. Opdyne Design

Opdyne Design

24. Vudumedia

Vudumedia

25. MediaFlex

MediaFlex

26. Big S

Big S

27. Snog

Snog

28. AREA 17

AREA 17

29. dConstruct

dConstruct

30. UX Magazine

UX Magazine

31. My favorite thing

My favorite thing

32. Clearleft

Clearleft

33. FINCH

FINCH

34. Lucas Hirata

Lucas Hirata

35. CRW

CRW

36. Ian James Cox

Ian James Cox

37. tictoc

tictoc

38. Six Apart

Six Apart

39. Cherry Bloom

Cherry Bloom

40. Authentic Style

Authentic Style

What do you think at Minimalism?

Minimalism in web design is something that can be tricky to pull off (ironic isn’t it?). What are some effective methods and design trends that you see in Minimalist web designs? Sound off and share your thoughts in the comments!

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98 Comments

Lendl Allen V. Trazo

May 24th, 2009

design by silnt is just amazing, the way the whole website adjust to whatever screen width is very cool. I have never seen anything like it before.

T-Law

May 24th, 2009

Well done! Great collection, thanks for this inspirational list.

Daniel

May 24th, 2009

Nice collection it’s a shame that you didn’t include my site!

Eric

May 24th, 2009

I love clean and minimalist designs like the Squarespace blog

James

May 24th, 2009

I wrote a similar article a while back which included some of the above but also features several alternatives too: http://www.welcomebrand.co.uk/inspiration/clean-up-your-act-great-uses-of-whitespace/

T. Brian Ware

May 24th, 2009

I love Design by Slint. Excellent site. I also enjoy Area 17. As a side note, check out this artist’s site. It also does a good job of utilizing minimalist constructs while presenting art, which can be rather hard. But it pulls it off AMAZINGLY well! http://www.willbrooksart.com/

Bernat

May 24th, 2009

I’ve seen many showcases but this….this one kicks ass. I’ll keep it as gold!
Thanks!

RD

May 24th, 2009

Lucas Hirata was simple but yet graphical presentation of the portfolio…

Ellen Kimball

May 24th, 2009

They are all exceptional. The only criticism I have is that light/white print on a dark/black background is too hard to read. I usually get around that by selecting the type with Ctrl_A, which puts up a different color combination. Not sure this bothers anyone else. Otherwise, I love minimalism and good, clean design. Seems to be back in fashion now, even in furniture and clothing stores!

Cordially,

Ellen Kimball
Portland, OR

Adi

May 24th, 2009

web-remote.com is another example of minimalism

Ain

May 24th, 2009

Great stuff. Most of it is equally good, couldn’t make a chart out of it.

Toni

May 24th, 2009

http://Search.io has a very clean design. Check it out!

Jake

May 24th, 2009

Really awesome collection, bookmarked to Delicious! Can definitely reference this list later for some design inspiration. :)

StudioDino

May 24th, 2009

Great examples!

tiff

May 24th, 2009

WOW. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am really in awe by how creative people can really be using simple design.

Wim

May 24th, 2009

This is a really nice list, thanks.

I think minimalism in design and user interfaces is definitely the remedy for information overload.

Quicksilver

May 24th, 2009

Awesome compilation right here! I just love the simplicity of things, something all sites should strive towards in their design.

Zoltan

May 24th, 2009

I like how minimalism in web design is a euphemism for interesting typography, there’s some great examples here thanks. Check out http://www.jafc.co.uk for another bold typographic design.

Alex Bignell

May 24th, 2009

These are all beautiful creations, but many are not really minimalist in nature. Minimalism is not just about clean design, it’s about clean design using *very few elements*.

Black and white does not a minimalist website make.

Skyler

May 24th, 2009

No Google homepage?

Larry

May 24th, 2009

anyone else notice all of these are linear designs — barely a curve to be found? Not being a designer myself it just made me curious — is it because of some design principal or is it just easier?

bettleb

May 24th, 2009

Good stuff, not really “minimalism” though, just clean and well done. Too many images and too much text for minimalism.

I like Slint too, but the typos on the calendar hurt: “two thousand and nine”. It’s correctly “two-thousand nine”. Hyphenate and no “and”. The and is for parts past the whole, not the year. Two-thousand nine and eight months. 4 dollars and 53 cents. Two thousand nine is equal to 2018 (2 x 1009). Would you want twenty five-dollar bills, or twenty-five dollar bills? $100 or $25. It makes a difference.

So pedantic of me, I know, but if it’s to be about good design it should be about good grammar and typography too.

Wow, I’m tightly wound, eh?

subcorpus

May 24th, 2009

nice collection …
i like the dark black one the most …

Chris the Photographer from Detroit

May 24th, 2009

I love the glyph on the ‘k’ on number 14. Interesting contrast from the other ones as well as minimalism is taken on by dark colors.

RK

May 24th, 2009

Wow, I love this collection.
Very inspirational and awesome minimalism.

Tim

May 24th, 2009

Those are nice sites, but they’re not very minimal. Simple perhaps.
Here are some blogs that are much more minimal:
http://textism.com/
http://daringfireball.net/

Not Minimalism

May 24th, 2009

I would argue that most if not all of these designs are anything but minimalism. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible to have a functional minimalist web site. Maybe in relation to other sites these sites have “minimal” use of design elements, but not in the artistic definition.

http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/m/minimalism.html

josh wheden

May 24th, 2009

I like the minimalist design at http://www.mactyler.com/builtbymac/ looks pretty slick, although it is unfinished

Maxime Perron Caissy

May 24th, 2009

Great collection, the good use of white space (dark space for dark websites :)) is perfect in most of the websites mentionned above.

I would also add that all the sites listed share another thing in common: GREAT TYPOGRAPHY!

Btw, many of those sites use font replacement techniques to provide a great user experience. I like that!

Thanks Jacob Gube, Thanks sixrevisions.

Television SPy

May 24th, 2009

Klipp Og Lim that was pretty nice.

Kevin Zak

May 24th, 2009

Astheria.com is the blog of Kyle Meyer (editor of Typesites.com), and another great example of minimalism on the web.

James

May 24th, 2009

Websites straight out of my typography class in college. You can always see the difference between a webmaster who is programmer or designer. The programmer’s site works but the design sucks; the designer’s site looks great but doesn’t work.

Russ Murray

May 24th, 2009

Thanks for the compilation. The Snog site is very effective. It quickly and clearly promotes its product…with some personality.

Lanny Heidbreder

May 24th, 2009

I think you have “minimalist design” confused with “good design”. Many, if not MOST, of those examples are a far cry from minimalism.

DMK

May 25th, 2009

I would call these neo-modernist, not minimalist. Minimalism was a specific type of art done by artists such as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Robert Morris, and Frank Stella. These are simply clean neo-modernist designs.

Daniel Pennypacker

May 25th, 2009

One of my really good friends did co-designed and coded the new Typographic, I was crazy excited when I saw that there, I helped him do the mouseovers :-)

Here’s his site: http://www.chrishamamoto.com/

It’s so nice to everyone called out for all their hard work

Eddie

May 25th, 2009

Minimal to me, for the home page is less than 100 words, 3 basic navigation links, and the only image is the websites logo – just like one of my websites!

It doesn’t need any more detail or clutter.

Ole Martin Kristiansen

May 25th, 2009

Thanks for featuring my portfolio! :-)

Black Sand

May 25th, 2009

Iloved “monty lounge industries” web design,it is cool. Blue themes is my favourite.

Elias Martín

May 25th, 2009

New CSSMania is awesome, too!

Farid Hadi

May 25th, 2009

I’m a big fan of minimalistic design and most of the sites in this showcase are awesome.

Nolan

May 25th, 2009

Have to agree that these might be “good” design, but certainly not “minimalist”. Leaving aside the historical art definition, minimalism to is the elimination of the extraneous. I’d humbly put my site up against these and ask others how many extraneous elements could be removed from theirs vs mine…

Tyler Tate

May 25th, 2009

Some really good examples here, though in my opinion many of them are still too complex to be categorized under the heading of minimalistic.

karol

May 25th, 2009

really great websites!

I can’t even try to choose the best one :)

Jonathan

May 25th, 2009

Thanks for featuring my site!

Chad Engle

May 25th, 2009

These are really awesome sites. I had to go through each of hem and navigate through the entire site haha. I love and hate posts like this because they are so beautiful that I have to see them all personally. Nice job Jacob

Biz

May 25th, 2009

A very good examples of minimalistic approach in we design. Who said that web design must be done in multi-color, flash based application in order to be successful.

Shunichi W

May 25th, 2009

Design by Silnt uses a wordpress theme Grid-A-Licious by Suprb…it’s ok to use a template for here ?

space

May 25th, 2009

personally, I don’t consider most of those minimalistic. Are we redefining minimalism as an art, or just understating it for the medium?

Vu Tran

May 25th, 2009

Although the designs are great, I don’t think it falls under the style of minimalism. You defined minimalism as “a design style that emphasizes simplicity and the removal of superfluous elements in one’s own work” but many of these sites has elements seen on regular websites such as recent blog posts, recent tweets, featured items, and other misc. elements used for SEO purposes or portfolio design. One of the example given also even displays an advertisement.

andinu

May 25th, 2009

hmmm, bit confused about the word ‘minimalist’ in the post’s title. Maybe some nice examples of typography on the interweb but minimalist it’s not.

em

May 25th, 2009

Why most of these websites are black and white websites? Is black and white websites are called “Minimalism”?

Jay

May 26th, 2009

Nice showcase.. but same with some of the commenter, I don’t think some of the website in this showcase falls to minimalist.

Daus

May 26th, 2009

What about mine? :)

Arie

May 26th, 2009

They are well designed, and have a great appearance but I don’t really think that some of them are minimalist.

If those are minimalist, then mine is a minimal minimalist. :)

Media Designer

May 26th, 2009

Yea, I agree – not exactly minimal. But well designed nevertheless.
Daus – you would need more space to be minimal. Don’t look up minimalism in the dictionary, look it up in an art history book. Minimalism isn’t LESS, it’s WAY less!

igor

May 26th, 2009

I like the http://www.oblac.com look, especially since it is for programming and such approach in this domain is rare

Nicole Foster

May 26th, 2009

I absolutely love minimalistic designs: they are always beautiful and to the point. Great examples!

parmana

May 27th, 2009

wow..i like it so much..simple but meaningful

Kamrul

May 27th, 2009

Yes! Minimalism I like it! “The less is more”. I am learning new things here. Thanks.

youssef sarhan

May 27th, 2009

I think the term ‘minimalism’ was misinterpreted by the writer. Regardless there are some very nice websites here.

Chris

May 27th, 2009

Great List

webadelic

May 28th, 2009

what a great list, loving the designs here.

Kaña

May 29th, 2009

Excellent list, you should check out our site. We went out of our way to use minimalism.

Jen Ruhman

May 31st, 2009

Yes, simple is better! It always looks more professional.
Most clients want to fill up every square inch of their webpages with clutter. I wish they knew the art of simplicity.

Robin

June 7th, 2009

Man the CRT one is beautiful. I like how there’s CSS galleries focusing on minimalism now (www.siiimple.com and http://www.minimalsites.com). Less is more!

http://www.ocularharmony.com

saleiva

July 14th, 2009

I hate when they changes the mouse pointer!! (http://www.alexafalcone.com/)

Chloee

July 21st, 2009

Most websites should do a ‘less is more’ approach. Some (like godaddy.com) are so cluttered that you lose track of what you want to do because you’re overwhelmed.

A lot of the above websites are fantastic – nice and simple. But a few of them aren’t very user friendly. We should design for the customers, not ourselves. Some of the plainest and most ugly looking websites do really well commercially because they’re practical.

Keeping it simple, minimal, useful and practical (with a touch of style) isn’t too much to ask for a website is it?

meg

July 27th, 2009

sdoin?? :P
its really emotionally connecting, very asthetically pleasing and a capable choice of sites. very constructable and you can incresingly build on your collection of world wide sites… no idea wat im talkin bout :P

Ashley Adams

August 27th, 2009

Being in this field for years I have come to value minimalism a lot.. I believe simple things without much superfluity always appeals to man.. I particularly like the minimalist designs of Buffalo, Berit Sømme,and FINCH.. I ahd in fact visited this
where I have found some minimalist designs whic are equally awesome without much flashy graphics but making such a huge impact…

Peter C

October 14th, 2009

Some very strong work here, sure, but I’d agree with those who have pointed out that virtually none of this stuff is truly ‘minimalist’ – much of it isn’t even close. Which doesn’t mean it isn’t effective and well-resolved – but like almost every single website one comes across, many of these would benefit from a judicious pruning. To get to ‘less is more,’ one must first get to ‘less,’ and truly remove every superfluity.

Jey Balachandran

October 24th, 2009

I’m a big fan of minimalism websites – great collection! My site (www.jeybala.com) follows same minimalistic approach.

Minimalissimo

October 28th, 2009

Guys, also check out Minimalissimo at http://minimalissimo.com. We blog about minimalist design and try to practice what we preach!

Justin Howley

October 29th, 2009

Bookmarked. Great inspiration here. Simple is always best.

Bob Ruffolo

December 14th, 2009

Very Impressive! I love the minimalist look.

lhoylhoy

January 4th, 2010

nice collection there buddy! I’m a big fan of minimalism in fact i’m also designing minimalist templates and this list gave me inpirations in most of my designs

Gil

January 13th, 2010

This list is quite random. Not all very minimalistic, many without great help of navigation or what may be expected from the website, hence not very “simple” for the user.

brandon

January 13th, 2010

Most of these are years old, nothing new here… move on.

cameron

March 24th, 2010

lovely work….

Salisbury

April 14th, 2010

Some great examples that just go to show that sometimes less is more

Boite carton

May 20th, 2010

What do you think of this one ? http://www.thisga.com

jj

June 29th, 2010

This is not minimalism.

Aker

July 29th, 2010

Great list, you should add some more like minimalissimo for example.. Thanks for sharing that list :)

Adam

August 1st, 2010

I tried to also keep it clean and simple by using as little imagery as possible and just letting the content be the design. Check out http://www.reversedout.com and let me know what you guys think and if there is an opportunity for me to improve or even simplify more. Thank you.

Josh

August 10th, 2010

i personally like this minimalist design very much http://www.publisio.com

MONOmoda

August 11th, 2010

This is a great list, with some excellent examples, however just wanted to point out that grid-based doesn’t automatically mean minimalist. Minimalist is a reduction in unecessary design elements, whereas grid based is to do with the positioning of elements. Although they can appear similar, a grid based site can have lots of design flourishes which make it non-minimalist.

Wwzapper

September 2nd, 2010

Interesting to see. It’s the total opposite of the way I’ve designed my own site. This style just doesn’t fit the subject of my current site, not ‘cosy’ enough. But to be honest: I see the charm of it and can understand why people like this so much.

*saves some of the screenshots on the pc*

Yuriy

September 24th, 2010

Minimalism can be powerful, yet It’s very easy on the eyes. I went for a more minimalist approach on my design portfolio myself- let me know what you think http://www.yuriyz.com.

jeannene langford

December 30th, 2010

I agree with the consensus that this is not minimalism in the artistic sense. I don’t think these sites were built with the intention to be labeled art. From a design standpoint they are (about half) simplified to employ a minimalist perspective in my opinion. Many were still way too busy. Snog or Deconstruct are the two best examples of beautiful minimalist design. They tell a complete story in three seconds and give the eye only enough information/color to take in at one glance.

mars

February 1st, 2011

Most of these sites are either blogs or portfolios or design firms. Which, IMHO, lend themselves to a “simple” or “minimalist” design. I’d like to see a ‘minimalist’ approach to a complex ecommerce site.

Rulez-DM

April 1st, 2011

Respect for the selection of the author, just a desire to create a design …

Brinn

April 14th, 2011

Less is most definately more! Thanks for the selection of sites these provide great inspiration

Ryan@ Brinn Marketing

Ron

May 8th, 2011

Definitely, great work! Very inspiring

zudpop

June 18th, 2011

Greetings from Russia, but we found examples: Archidesignfrom.ru

tao

August 10th, 2011

One of the best compilations I’ve seen. Thank you.

sajal

September 18th, 2011

This is a very good site .It’s very easy on the eyes.
Thank you .

2 Creative Studio

September 30th, 2011

I love these designs, kind of retro/newspaper style…

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