A Showcase of Effective Minimalism in Web Design

By / Nov 27, 2009 / Inspiration

Minimalism in web design is all about stripping things down to only the necessities – so there is nothing in the way of the content. You’ll find that minimal designs have a focus on typography, simple layouts, and a lack of fancy design elements. So what makes an effective minimal web design? Effective minimalism happens when a design gets out of the way of the content and still remains visually stunning. Here is a showcase of websites that are able to achieve this.

A Way Back

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Corking Design

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Jack Cheng

minimal web design

A Working Library

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Creative Suitcase

minimal web design


minimal web design


minimal web design


minimal web design

The Swish Life

minimal web design

Second and Park

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minimal web design

Great Works

minimal web design

The Creative District

minimal web design


minimal web design


minimal web design

We Are Hunted

minimal web design

Buckenmeyer & Co.

minimal web design

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

  • http://jose-mota.net José Mota

    The Buckenmeyer & Co.’s website took my breath. Excellent typography and whitespace.

  • http://blog.stugreenham.com Stu Greenham

    Great post! I love Minimalist! Give my site a look see what you think 😀

  • Rhonda Payne

    Minimalist? Try this for size: http://www.danpetter.net/

  • http://www.dannycassidy.net Danny Cassidy

    Great post, just goes to show that a well thought out grid and carefully considered typography goes a long way.

  • http://designinformer.com Design Informer

    Nice showcase, but it would be great if you can explain how each minimalism design is effective. :)

  • Daniel

    A nice selection I have just jumped on the minimal bandwagon! Fantastic for personal sites since they require little work and maintenance! Shame I’m never included on these lists though :(

  • http://bleepgeeks.com Martin

    hm. i`m not so sure. all these websites of minimal website collections i visit don`t look really minimal to me…
    what do you think?

  • http://phantomburn.com/ Tyler

    Nice list, always love to look at others’ minimalistic designs. I’m always surprised to see how so little can go such a long way.

    Recently jumped on the minimalistic bandwagon myself. I like to think the design works, but I made it, so of course I’d think that.

  • Taylor M.

    Thanks for posting, this is a nice list. Although I would say most of these are very well known sites that lots of people have seen. I do think Auxiliary Design’s site is a really nice minimal site.

  • toque

    ummm…these are minimalist…they’re just all white with nav at the top.

    if anything this collection should be called Grid-based sites 101. very few of these are minimalist “by choice” but rather by structure.

    this is a bad list of B- websites.

    • http://phantomburn.com/ Tyler

      These are hardly B- websites. “A Working Library” for example I think is great.

      I think when you say these are bad sites, you really are saying “Minimalist websites aren’t my cup of tea.”

      But as far as the category goes, these are great examples to look at.

  • toque

    these aren’t minimalist….is what i meant to say.

  • http://jhaygamba.com JHAY

    Awesome showcase! Thanks

  • Alex

    http://www.minimalsites.com .. you are welcome :)

  • http://www.forgeseo.com Matt M.

    This is probably one of the best recent compilations of minimalist design I’ve seen and it’s great! I actually modeled our company’s current website (http://www.forgeseo.com) off a variety of minimalist styles and we’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how navigating the site is extremely easy.

    There are a lot of sites that are overdoing the web 2.0 style and it ends up killing usability and readability – minimalism is an optional alternative to this.

  • http://www.studioweber.ro Alex Flueras

    Useful list, thanks for sharing. Here is another minimal, clean site: http://www.studiowber.com

  • http://fleetinbeing.tumblr.com Kai Chang

    Tumblr has some great minimalist themes available. One of my favorite Tumblr designers is this guy:


  • http://www.camucreative.com/ Camucreative

    I wanna lick the ‘A way back’ website. Seems tasty.

  • http://jordankoschei.com Jordan Koschei

    Websites are particularly conducive for minimalism. You found a nice collection.

  • http://www.twitter.com/rbba MiikkaV

    Actually I don’t think those all can be called minimalistic…

  • Qoska

    Always the same ones…..

  • http://joshbetz.com Josh

    I like the “Corking Design” example you used. I traditionally think of minimalist designs as lighter designs, but this is a good example of a minimalist design that’s darker with a bit of grunginess. Automattic’s website is another example of a minimalist design: http://automattic.com/.

  • http://www.ranestam.se Anton Ranestam

    Minimalism in web design is the new “IT” if you ask me. It’s grown rather popular to build Minimalistic way.

  • http://tr.im/mewC Rahul – Web Guru

    Very good inspiration…

  • http://balisidenotes.com Rudi

    simple, cool, smooth, but still kickass
    nice collection bru

  • http://wp.contempographicdesign.com Chris Robinson

    Great roundup, some really nice work

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  • http://www.myspace.com/526067581 Sherman Hilcher

    It depends on the way you look at it and exactly where that you’re coming from on the topic really. In the long run beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Now i am with you on this one.