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50 Beautiful Clean and Simple Web Designs

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.

This was published on Feb 14, 2010

54 Comments

My favorite kind of design. Beautiful collection!

App Sheriff Feb 14 2010

Tim Bjørn web design looks very fascinating.

Brian Lovin Feb 14 2010

Solid collection Jacob, some truly beautiful sites up there!

Nouman Saleem Feb 14 2010

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

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 Feb 15 2010

clean isn’t always simple. Great collection.

Mark Dittmer Feb 15 2010

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

Azzrizal Feb 15 2010

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

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

Nice collection, quite inspiring :)

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

http://creativemashup.pl

thats the point of clean, good article

Gustavs Feb 15 2010

Inspirational collection. I’ve always loved minimalism.

Pete White Feb 15 2010

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

inspiring selection

Simon Roskrow Feb 15 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!

always got a inspiration every visit to heres…cool

Benjamin Ds Feb 15 2010

Arf, I’m not listed ;o

Great collection, thx.

Jordan Walker Feb 15 2010

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

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

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 Feb 15 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 :).

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 Feb 15 2010

Nice collection of sites – very inspirational

Skyrocket Labs Feb 15 2010

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

Nice collection. Inspiring.

love these :)

Zoe Feast Feb 15 2010

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

great selection. well done.

Alex Flueras Feb 16 2010

Such a nice collection… Minimal sites are so elegant!

Zenrishabh Feb 16 2010

lemme add my 2 cents
http://www.anishk.in

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 Feb 16 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.

Nice collection….well done mate!!

Jacob Gube Feb 16 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.

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

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

most of them remind me of ‘Apple’ marketing.

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

jjmaster Feb 23 2010

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

Thaicoconut Feb 23 2010

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

Clean & Neat… Nice collection… :)

agence internet Mar 27 2010

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

very inspiring collection….thx man

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 Jul 17 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…

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

Good design. very useful to me!

Beautiful!

kaies Ali Apr 25 2011

Really awesome list, thanks to share with us.

Techroid Oct 05 2011

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

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

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 Nov 26 2011

wow, it’s great.

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