A while back we posted a list of 8 Books Every Designer Should Read, and among those books was a book I believe is a “must read” for every designer: The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman. In my opinion the book wrote by Donald A. Norman should be mandatory reading in all design related classes because it shows us amazing examples of good and bad designs, besides explaining through psychology and cognitive science why people like some things and dislike other. Even though the book was published in 1988 (its first version) it is still a masterpiece. His explanations of understanding something to use it seamlessly are really nice. (more…)
Here at WDL, we really like minimalism and we believe that the “less is more” principal can result in amazing websites. Minimalism, explained as the essence of something, is when we reduce something to its necessary elements. What is the right amount of elements to compose a minimal design is a polemic subject, but we can all agree that having few elements make a layout elegant, easy to understand/use and pleasant to see. Today we gathered a few examples of minimalistic designs to inspire you, check it out. (more…)
The trend of using minimalist designs has been with us for a while now. It seems like every day major design blogs publish a new gallery of great designs. But do minimalist designs actually mean anything to a designer? Can you become a better web designer by going the minimalist way or is it just a fad? (more…)
The basic idea of minimalism that less is more can also be applied to your workstation, and the result is really inspiring. Clean, minimal and beautiful stations with exactly those things you need to work, nothing more, nothing less. The spaces are simple: desks, a nice chair, your computer and something to give the space a nice personality, it’s all about keeping the space clean, really inspiring. (more…)
Our minimalism tag is filled with eye candy images to help you get inspired remembering that old and wise premise “less is more.” To add content to our tag and to keep showing you good examples of minimal designs that work we decided to show some posters designed by Pedro Vidotto. Pedro is a Graphic Designer and Art Director originally from Brazil who is currently based in London. His background is in Advertising and he has five years of experience working in the industry. Here you will be able to see that quality is better than quantity in design. (more…)
As we mentioned in our last showcase of minimal web designs back in May, minimal layouts are the new black and we are glad about that cause this way we can show you more and more new and inspiring minimal websites. Today we decided to gather a new list of fresh minimal websites to inspire our readers, so enjoy it and remember, less is more. (more…)
I believe that we can agree that minimal and clean websites are the new black. Every day people seem to be embracing more and more the idea of less is more. So we decided to gather a new list of minimal and clean websites to show you how designers are showcasing minimalism on websites. And here you will also see some use of color, showing that minimal does not mean colorless. (more…)
During 2010 we showcased 4 lists of minimalist and clean websites to inspire you! We started with A Showcase of Clean White Web Designs (January), then we had 55 Minimal Black and White Web Designs (April), 60 Minimal and Super Clean Web Designs (May) and 40 Fresh Examples of Minimal Web Design (October). Since we know that there’s always something new to see surrounding this style, we decided to start 2011 with a list of clean and minimal websites to inspire you. We believe this is the perfect way to start a new year. (more…)
There is nothing more inspiring than a clean and minimal website. A design with few elements representing something. The saying “less is more”, even though somewhat cliche, couldn’t be more true. We already published here a A Showcase of Clean White Web Designs and a list with 60 Minimal and Super Clean Web Designs to Inspire You. Since minimal sites are always around and they are actually pretty trendy right now, we decided to gather a new list. Enjoy. (more…)
There are so many techniques when it comes to web design, it’s hard to get a full grasp on all of them. Minimalism is one of the few which stand out from the crowd in a seemingly ubiquitous flow. The trend follows the concept of keeping things simple and easy to work with.
Removing clutter from pages helps users focus their attention on the things that really matter. Page content, images, contact information, and the presentation hierarchy that removes gradients and web 2.0 distractions. Check out a few of the ideas below in regards to minimalistic designs and see how you can incorporate these into your own projects.