50 Beautiful Clean and Simple Web Designs

Feb 14 2010 by Jacob Gube | 54 Comments

When it comes to web design, my experience demonstrates to me that it’s easier to add to a design rather than to take away from it. The challenge with minimalist layouts lies in the conundrum of making something beautiful with basic design elements —and with as few of them as possible.

Lately, I’ve been attracted to simple and clean designs. Design Instruct is a testament to my affinity towards creating designs that present the idea of "less is more."

In this collection are masterfully created minimalist designs for your inspiration in your current and future work. This is a follow up of a collection called 40 Beautiful Examples of Minimalism in Web Design published last year. (You should check that out as well, if you haven’t already.)

SOFA

SOFA

Simon Collison

Simon Collison

kilian muster

kilian muster

Mark Boulton Design

Mark Boulton Design

Christopher Brand

Christopher Brand

Haik Avanian

Haik Avanian

Tim Bjørn

Tim Bjørn

Ribbons of Red

Ribbons of Red

biancaelmer.de

biancaelmer.de

Top Site Tally

Top Site Tally

Chevychase Design Studio

Chevychase Design Studio

ONLY NY

ONLY NY

Trent Walton

Trent Walton

Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Academy

Academy

Digital Podge 2009

Digital Podge 2009

TPUTH

TPUTH

SimpleBits

SimpleBits

Your Neighbours

Your Neighbours

Frank Chimero

Frank Chimero

iA

iA

Snook.ca

Snook.ca

Urban Influence Brand Studio

Urban Influence Brand Studio

Hyperakt

Hyperakt

LegiStyles

LegiStyles

Hudsons

Hudsons

Marcelo Henrique

Marcelo Henrique

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

Analog

Analog

Jaredigital

Jaredigital

Future of Web Design London

Future of Web Design London

The Book Cover Archive

The Book Cover Archive

Neiman Group

Neiman Group

A Way Back

A Way Back

Mercy

Mercy

Happy Cog’aoke 2

Happy Cog’aoke 2

Ed Nacional

Ed Nacional

Q Brand Agency

Q Brand Agency

160over90

160over90

52 Weeks of UX

52 Weeks of UX

Pretty Production

Pretty Production

Arnaud Beelen

Arnaud Beelen

Svärta

Svärta

Fubiz

Fubiz

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Websiteburo

Websiteburo

Nicholas Felton

Nicholas Felton

MUJI Global

MUJI Global

Needs/Wants Magazine

Needs/Wants Magazine

Vitra

Vitra

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About the Author

Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions. He’s also a web developer/designer who specializes in distance-learning education, front-end development, and web accessibility. If you’d like to connect with him, head on over to the contact page and follow him on Twitter: @sixrevisions.

54 Comments

dimi

February 14th, 2010

My favorite kind of design. Beautiful collection!

App Sheriff

February 14th, 2010

Tim Bjørn web design looks very fascinating.

Brian Lovin

February 14th, 2010

Solid collection Jacob, some truly beautiful sites up there!

Nouman Saleem

February 14th, 2010

Great list. I recently made: http://myspacehire.me/profile/

Rob

February 15th, 2010

Were these just cut/paste from articles elsewhere? I mean, I’ve seen all these up to a year or so ago. And isn’t this about the 10th article on the ‘net for the same thing?

Matthew Heidenreich

February 15th, 2010

clean isn’t always simple. Great collection.

Mark Dittmer

February 15th, 2010

Nice to see some different sites in one of these round-ups. Great work, Jacob!

Azzrizal

February 15th, 2010

Nice websites.
Its kinda hard to find them out of nowhere.

Piotr

February 15th, 2010

What do you think about that one: http://creativemashup.pl ??

Piotr

February 15th, 2010

Nice collection, quite inspiring :)

This one is mine, I think that is simple enough, maybe even to simple, but….

http://creativemashup.pl

BigM75

February 15th, 2010

thats the point of clean, good article

Gustavs

February 15th, 2010

Inspirational collection. I’ve always loved minimalism.

Pete White

February 15th, 2010

Nice collection. Really liking the look of Simon Collison and Happy Cog’aoke 2

Bart

February 15th, 2010

inspiring selection

Simon Roskrow

February 15th, 2010

Lovely stuff, very inspiring. I’ve recently built my own company website (neither website building nor design are specialities of mine!) and I’ve aimed for a clean, crisp and consistent look. Trying to do that, and to make it easy to regularly update has been a challenge!

If any kind person out there would like to offer simple, clear advice or suggestions, I’d love to hear them! The main site is at http://www.trainingreality.co.uk, and the regularly updated part (the twice weekly blog) is at http://www.trainingreality.co.uk/blog.php

I’d be extremely grateful!

BEBEN

February 15th, 2010

always got a inspiration every visit to heres…cool

Benjamin Ds

February 15th, 2010

Arf, I’m not listed ;o

Great collection, thx.

Jordan Walker

February 15th, 2010

Ah simplicity, if only more clients would get an board.

Harald

February 15th, 2010

Why bother about design? I read most web pages through a RSS-reader, so all articles and blog post look identical.

Ed

February 15th, 2010

I first saw SOFA and thought this would be a retread. The rest of the list was really nice with some new stuff here. Good eye.

Jon Raasch

February 15th, 2010

Inspiring roundup Jacob, really like all that whitespace.

And Future of Web Design London is such a great site, it really appeals to CSS nerds like me :).

Nezzy

February 15th, 2010

I like not having to figure it out, these sites are clean and easy to use. I have one that’s even more minimalistic than the above: http://hakki.com – unique animations and very airy

Michael

February 15th, 2010

Nice collection of sites – very inspirational

Skyrocket Labs

February 15th, 2010

Dang! I *knew* I should’ve gone with a minimal approach to my recent redesign. *hangs head in shame*

Kenon

February 15th, 2010

Nice collection. Inspiring.

Mike

February 15th, 2010

love these :)

Zoe Feast

February 15th, 2010

A lovely collection. Minimalist design can sometimes bring SEO challenges but I love it all the same.

psousa

February 15th, 2010

great selection. well done.

Alex Flueras

February 16th, 2010

Such a nice collection… Minimal sites are so elegant!

rory

February 16th, 2010

Some amazing web design here…what a great list.

The K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) rule is one I try to work by, which can make SEO tricky but if you use Jquery, MooTools etc you can often get around large chunks of visible text.
As with a lot of these sites imagery is the key, for example ‘We Are Sofa’ would it work as well if the image wasn’t as good?!

Kilian Muster

February 16th, 2010

First thanks for the link! I thought this is so funny because the main drivers and inspiration for the current design of my web site were the sites of Simon Collinson and Analog and you mention them in one go with mine. I’m really honoured.

Perry

February 16th, 2010

Nice collection….well done mate!!

Jacob Gube

February 16th, 2010

@Piotr: Looks clean and tidy to me.
@Simon Roskrow: Two comments about the main site. The logo, when I first read it, seemed like it was saying “training reallty” because of how the letters were merged. Maybe I’m alone on that one. Also, I didn’t really understand the background image of the photo. My two cents.
@Jon Raasch: Thanks Jon! Looking forward to more articles from you buddy!
@Skyrocket Labs: Not necessarily! It’s really up your objectives, goal, and message that you want to send. Aesthetics is a personal choice, and as I said in the introduction, it’s something that I particularly like right now.
@rory: Wouldn’t minimalist designs make for better SEO? Less markup (usually, though not the case with Design Instruct) means better chance of getting more content on the web page indexed?
@Kilian Muster: Well done Kilian! I did see the similarity between your design and Analog when I was putting together this collection.

Heiko

February 16th, 2010

Great collection – css and a bit of script – there you have it. Minimalism rules.
cheers

Thijs

February 16th, 2010

Very nice collection. I already knew a lot of these designs, on the otherhand there were a lot I had not discovered yet.

joe

February 19th, 2010

most of them remind me of ‘Apple’ marketing.

Bryan

February 20th, 2010

Thanks for these inspiring designs. I just redid my website using HTML 5 take a look.

jjmaster

February 23rd, 2010

cool!.. so inspiring! I could get an idea to create the minimal one.

Thaicoconut

February 23rd, 2010

Nice websites.
Its kinda hard to find them out of nowhere.

Vino

March 1st, 2010

Clean & Neat… Nice collection… :)

agence internet

March 27th, 2010

Looks very much like print design. Shouldn’t you like the web ? ;-)

Cook

April 22nd, 2010

very inspiring collection….thx man

Chris

May 31st, 2010

These sites are certainly inspirational. It’s always nice to come back to such a gallery when starting a new project.

However, I have yet to find a gallery of “clean and simple” designs that also need to include advertising. Frankly, design becomes significantly easier when you don’t have real-world constraints.

A design should be considered “good” when it solves a challenge (communicating a message) while overcoming constraints (showing advertising). I haven’t been to most of the sites above but they all seem to be solving for the usual things like user experience, educating users about their business, making content easy to find/read, etc. But what about the ugly need to make money? What are some good designs that do both?

Kilian Muster

July 17th, 2010

I’m sorry to spoil the party, but I have consolidated my work website (pixelblast.jp) and my personal blog (kilianmuster.com) into http://pixelblast.net the old design is gone for now. It was fun while it lasted…

yehya

September 15th, 2010

just one word “OUTSTANDING”
thanks for share this amazing collection ..

Leon

March 11th, 2011

Good design. very useful to me!

Nina

April 8th, 2011

Beautiful!

kaies Ali

April 25th, 2011

Really awesome list, thanks to share with us.

Techroid

October 5th, 2011

So freaking awesome designs!!! Thanks for sharing :)

John

October 12th, 2011

Another set of beautiful designs here http://uicart.com

Ste

November 5th, 2011

Really great designs! People seem to under estimated the power of simplicity! Most internet users get frustrated very quickly, so the faster you can present to them the information they are looking for then the better. Thanks for sharing the designs, some great ideas!

Ste

Hawra Nasser

November 26th, 2011

wow, it’s great.

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