15 Minimalist Designs That Inspired Me

I’ve always liked minimalism! Little or no use of images and a strong focus on the typography and on the content instead of graphical elements always did the trick for me. Of course I love a well-crafted website that makes good use of various graphical elements like characters/avatars, buttons, icons and others.

But, when I started thinking of redesigning SpyreStudios I thought I’d go with a very minimalist approach so that the focus really is on the articles/posts and the comments. I dropped the usual sidebar and also reduced the overall width to 700px. Hey, you can’t blame the guy for trying something different, right? :)

Here are some websites I really liked that inspired the redesign of SpyreStudios (in no particular order):

Self Conclusion

Self Conclusion

Design Snips

Design Snips

Five Simple Steps

Designing The Web

Feel Wire

Feel Wire

Distrop

Distrop

Shaun Inman

Shaun Inman

Huge Type

Huge Type

Jason Santa Maria

Jason Santa Maria

Indie Labs

IndieLabs

Emptees

Emptees

Rockable Press

Rockable Press

Matt Bango

Matt Bango

Vitor Lourenco

Vitor Lourenco

Mr. Tweet

Mr. Tweet

Scroll Magazine

Scroll Magazine

Your Turn To Talk

So, you can now go ahead and bombard me with your favorite minimalist designs :)
Which ones are you favorites, and why?

Comments

  1. says

    Great list! I love the minimalist style as well, and you picked some of the best. It’s tough to do as a designer because you always want to add that one more feature, but if you really have a grasp on what your core value it, you can make a minimalist design that still works really well and makes it easy to understand at first glance for any new visitors.

  2. says

    They’re all beautiful, and I am equally a fan of minimalist websites. Just one question – why only white backgrounds? Is that your personal preference, or just coincidence?

  3. says

    Good! Really nice links.. Actually, I do know some of them but not all. Minimalism is the best thing of the web (if it is well used, I mean with clear things)

  4. Jon says

    A lot of these sites were really solid actually. Great use of empty space and typography. 21gunstudios.com is another site that really has minimalism down, and it’s a dark design which is quite different from the rest of the list.

  5. says

    @all: Thanks guys! Glad you liked the list :)

    @Tracey: Well, I like white or lighter backgrounds, but that was just a coincidence. I like darker designs as well.

  6. says

    Some of them really inseparable mimimalist designs, that rockable freelancers ones always inspired me alot ;)

    So far, you tried best to make small cool website mimimalist designs

    Cheers and stumbling too ;)

  7. says

    @all: glad you liked the list (and thanks for the stumbles and delicious votes) :)

    @stu: very welcome buddy, selfconclusion has a killer design in my opinion!

    @eeallo: Modula is a nice one! I just downloaded it! thanks for sharing the link!

  8. says

    Sweet roundup dude! I really hope to design a more minimalistic theme for my personal Blog and hopefully focus more on content :)

  9. says

    Lovely picks Jon. I have always been impressed by designs where graphical details meet type. As a result Feel Wire is probably the closest example to my description :-)

  10. says

    Great collection, i really inspired with your work. Coooooooooooooooooooooooooool. I have nothing to pay you rewards. Just accept my comments

  11. Allie L. says

    Just wanted to let you know that all of your images are broken. I’d really like to see your post, though!

  12. says

    I have designed many minimalist websites and looked at a 100 more but am getting to the point where it takes a really exceptional one to inspire me – far too many pastiches, the website equivalent of knocking a couple of internal walls of a house down, painting everything white and calling it minimalism.

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