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50 Inspiring Examples of Minimalism in Web Design

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The sophisticated image of minimalism has always been a popular style of design. In webdesign a minimalist site is stripped naked of eye candy and fancy colours or effects, leaving the underlying structure exposed. The key to a beautiful minimalist site is a solid and structured layout, as well as focus on stylish and well designed typography. These 50 examples showcase some of the best minimal site designs out there on the web.

Chama

Minimal website design

Kyle Steed

Minimal website design

David Arias

Minimal website design

Finch

Minimal website design

Site Inspire

Minimal website design

elCandor

Minimal website design

Corporate Rick Watch

Minimal website design

Black Estate

Minimal website design

Fellswoop

Minimal website design

Jason Santa Maria

Minimal website design

Design Hotels

Minimal website design

Squarespace Blog

Minimal website design

Kyle Standing

Minimal website design

Postmachina

Minimal website design

Jamie Gregory

Minimal website design

Vitor Lourenco

Minimal website design

SOFA

Minimal website design

Mark Boulton Design

Minimal website design

Skinny Ships

Minimal website design

Jeffdoe

Minimal website design

The Typographic Reference

Minimal website design

iLoveTypography

Minimal website design

On

Minimal website design

TheManInTheSea

Minimal website design

Subtraction

Minimal website design

AEN UI

Minimal website design

80/20

Minimal website design

Shift PX

Minimal website design

DesignWorkPlan

Minimal website design

Artypapers

Minimal website design

F5 Fest

Minimal website design

The Netsetter

Minimal website design

Rikcat Industries

Minimal website design

Zurb

Minimal website design

Matt Bango

Minimal website design

PixelHaven

Minimal website design

The Old Fashioned

Minimal website design

Jarad Johnson

Minimal website design

DesignMe

Minimal website design

Wilson Miner

Minimal website design

Poccuo

Minimal website design

GB Studio

Minimal website design

Cabedge

Minimal website design

Sisson Studio

Minimal website design

Fuel Your Creativity

Minimal website design

Hell Yeah Dude

Minimal website design

We Love Typography

Minimal website design

PixelUmbrella

Minimal website design

Gordymac

Minimal website design

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Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Chris' design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

  • http://bestphotoshoptutorials.net Sebastiano Guerriero

    Great roundup Chris! Personally I love the unique style of Jason Santa Maria

    • gibbs

      wooo!!!!

  • http://Mil-an.co.uk Milan

    Aza Raskin’s site would be good on this list: http://www.azarask.in/blog/

  • http://mariuszciesla.com Mariusz Cieśla

    Not sure if my design still counts as minimalist, but you can check it and see. :)

  • http://siteinspire.net Daniel H

    Thanks for posting siteInspire… in fact we have an entire section dedicated to minimal web design:

    http://siteinspire.net/showcase/category/style/minimal

  • http://noxonstudio.com Dustin

    I love minimal design, all of these are great examples. I really like the typography in some as well. Nice choices :D.

  • http://abdusfauzi abdusfauzi

    minimal design FTW! hehe. mine also based minimal design, kind of. hehe.

  • http://cssace.com/ R.Bhavesh

    love it. I see how some of the 3-4 year old web designs still rule.

    I tried the minimal concept in my new redesign this time.

  • http://www.gabrieldimartino.com Gabriel

    i like it, thanks!

  • ahkai

    Love it !!!… btw here is another one good for the list http://www.sabrinagoh.com sweet~

  • ignacio

    cool stuff !

  • http://daus.trala.la Daus

    Most probably, you haven’t seen my current blog design :)

  • http://blog.gb-studio.tv Grant

    Wow, thanks for the mention. I’m honored.

  • http://www.golpesdepincel.com evertt de sousa

    very nice !!!

  • http://illygdigital.wordpress.com/ Ilana

    Great list – I really like the clean, minimalist approach. Less is definitely more these days.

  • http://blog.callumchapman.com Callum Chapman

    Lovely collection – i’m thinking simplistic web designs when I redesign all my websites when I have the money & time. What about Greig Andersons portfolio? http://www.effektivedesign.co.uk/

    • http://siteinspire.net Daniel H

      ^

      Greig’s work is particularly superb.

      • http://www.effektivedesign.co.uk Greig Anderson

        Thank for the mention and comments Calum/Daniel! Great list of sites here.

  • http://www.glassonionblog.us Ethan

    I think that http://www.posterous.com should be added to the list. Very clean. Also, I love that Helvetica is used in so many of those listed above.

  • http://selfconclusion.co.uk Stu | selfconlusion.co.uk

    This is a great list mate thanks I will defo check out some of these sites, I love minimilistic :)

  • http://www.fairybliss.net Alis

    Minimalism has something which always fascinated me, it is simple but it contains everything necessary! I would like to be able to do such thing!

  • http://papertreedesign.com Jeremy

    I’m a sucker for inspiration in minimalism. A few excellent staples and a few that are brand new to me. Nice work putting this together.

  • http://kylesteed.com kyle steed

    Thanks so much Chris for including my site here. But I wish you could have snapped a screenshot of my updated site.

  • http://sissonstudio.com Christian Sisson

    Hi Chris!
    Thanks for featuring our website among such talented designers.

    Cheers!!

  • http://dpstechno.blogspot.com/ Debiprasad

    Really, nice inspiration! Thanks :)

  • wirtsi

    Also this one would fit nicely

    http://www.mykita.com

  • carlos

    maybe http:///www.dabutag.de would be fit nicely too

  • http://cahcepu.com om ipit

    this is a great list…
    want to bookmark this post for my collection
    i love the simple website :-)

  • http://www.jarrettandlam.com David- JLC web design

    I could spend hours looking at all those sites but if I had to pick one as a fav its squareface

  • http://www.magmag.biz Brant

    Excellent, nice inspiration! Thanks

  • http://andymatthews.net/ andy matthews

    Might I also suggest my site in the minimal category?

    http://www.commadelimited.com/

  • http://alwaysabounding.org Abounding

    Many of these sites are from designers. Few good designers miss the point of subtly and elegance. The trick is getting clients, especially businesses, to catch that vision. They often want to add so much content, they miss that saying less is often saying more.

    Great list.

  • http://budurl.com/vvbp Rahul

    Rightly said, “There is great beauty in simplicity.”

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

    nice, inspiring roundup

  • http://novatvmedia.com Ezrad Lionel

    I can’t wait to see 1000 something something something. I just love bookmarking lists, they’re so listy

  • http://www.urbanmodernist.com/ Jason Black

    nice!

  • http://www.csswebsites.nl CSS Websites

    Great stuff! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.getbalivillas.com/ wie bali

    did u have theme for villa management..?

  • http://madaerodog.com madaerodog

    with your permission I would like to add http://harkopen.com – Open source hardware community to this awesome list

  • http://www.alive77.cn/ z.Yleo77

    very unbelievable。。。 I like most of them。。 collection。。。 THX

  • http://www.sentel.gr Christos Chiotis

    Stunning collection! Well done!

    It’s a fav! ;)

  • http://dgtlx.com Dgtlx.com

    Great list of minimalistic templates! I wrote a blog post about your list of web sites. And I also chose a minimalistic theme to my blog. People interested in minimalism in web design will find a link to a whole galley containing only minimalistic web design. Please make a visit at my blog for further reading.

  • Duke

    Sometimes Minimal is just boring, not accessible, trying-too-hard-to-be-cool,too white and just really overrated. A good mix of web 2.0 and minimal is the way to go, but a full on web2 or minmal site is just a no go.

  • http://pauldewouters.com paul

    the kyle steed website just uses the thematic framework theme, what’s so great about that?

  • http://www.dackworld.de Chris

    WOW !!!!
    Excellent, nice inspiration! Thanks

  • http://www.pixelhavenllc.com Josh Harbaugh

    Thanks so much for the inclusion of Pixelhaven on this list. Amongst very good company.

  • http://www.tallpoppieswebdesign.com Poppy

    Great showcase. I think sometimes less really does say more!

  • http://www.websitedevelopment-india.com/ Smith

    Great collection of designs.
    Thank you for sharing your Valuable information.
    As I am also working for web design this information will help me increase my knowledge.

  • http://legco.net kikaha

    Sad, that my site not get in list :)

  • http://www.krop.com/gustavs/ Gustavs

    Here is another one – http://www.brandbox.lv/

  • http://www.evohosting.co.uk caitlin

    I love minimalist designs! Skinny Ships is really cool–mainly black and white with just a nice pop of bright color. Thanks!

  • http://www.getafreelancer247.com/ Alisa Rogers

    A good collection. I would say that just use the one that you need, I think the author not really want you to use everything here, we all know that we have our own style, we use different tools to design those tools we are comfortable using. This is just a variety of tools that maybe one of these are your must-have-tools

  • http://www.getafreelancer247.com/ Alisa Rogers

    A good collection. I would say that just use the one that you need, I think the author not really want you to use everything here, we all know that we have our own style, we use different tools to design those tools we are comfortable using. This is just a variety of tools that maybe one of these are your must-have-tools.

  • http://www.alefernandes.net Alê Fernandes

    Amaziiinnggg ! Tks

  • Dave

    Awesome, Thx friend!

  • http://plumfake.net mylens

    Great collection! tks :-))

  • http://www.corporatewebsolutions.net/ Amy

    These are really good examples!

    Amy

  • http://www.tndmedia.nl TND webdesign

    I’m not a big fan, but these are great examples! thanks.

  • http://www.swip.de Homepageoptimierung

    Great Designs. Simple but good!

  • http://www.nburmandesign.com/home/testimonials.php Calgary Graphic Design

    Not minimalist in the true sense of the genre, but still ‘less is more’.

  • http://tibichi.ro Sebastian Tibichi

    Can I add http://designmybody.ro/ – Favicon Gallery for the Web Design Community

  • http://www.digitalduckinc.com Roger Duck

    Great collection of inspiration. Clean and simple is over underrated as it appears “easy” to some clients. If only they knew how much effort and time goes into a “minimalist” web design.

  • http://www.mplswebguy.com Tony

    Great list… And freelancers should be reading the Netsetter too!

  • http://www.fuelyourcreativity.com Angie Bowen

    Great collection. I love minimalist design overall but minimalist web design, especially those that focus on great typography, are my favorite.

    Thanks so much for including Fuel Your Creativity!

  • Dave

    Great !!!

  • http://www.sjlwebdesign.co.uk Sam

    You see so many butchered attempts at minimalist web design, you forget how great it can look when done right. Thanks for putting this great collection together.

  • beli

    I think your list is good. I will certainly try the rest of designes.


    Webdesign Stuttgart

  • http://www.relativelyfixed.com Matt

    Great compilation, Chris. I’m all about minimalism in design.

  • http://mediarosa.com Jamie

    very nice. inspiring. it’s all about the white space.

  • http://www.tempowebdesign.co.uk/web_design_reigate.html Judy

    Excellent information – thank you. Most people don’t know how important the things that you highlighted are. Thanks for helping spread the good word!
    Regards,
    Judy.

  • http://www.lizhover.com Liz Hover

    This is a delicious collection Chris. I adore minimalist web design and have endeavoured to use it on my own website.

    • http://www.websitekings.co.uk Website Kings

      Every Website that my company designs. We always believe in keeping 90% of designs simple. Our customers see greater results when their websites are more simple and user friendly.

  • http://daus.trala.la/ Daus

    Some of them are not minimalist at all, though :)

  • http://didingsoegama.com/ diding soegama

    Nice..inspiring.
    see http://www.operagraphicdesign.nl/

  • http://new-logo.co.uk Matty

    This collection of sites is great. I especially like the Finch site, just looks so clean and nice. I think sometimes sites with a minimal style can look a little plain but when done right like in the above examples they look most professional. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.1pic4twenty.co.za/wordpress Teresa Schultz

    I’m one of those website designers/owners who believes that content is king for SEO purposes, but at the same time love minimalist sites too – here, my favourite are the Sisson Studio and We are Sofa – to cater to both minimalist and a decent amount of text on a site, most of the text necessary on a home page can simply be added further down on the page, below the fold, so that the minimalist look is still what the viewer first sees upon landing on the site.

  • http://www.alexander-gessler.de Alexander Gessler

    Great collection! Thanks!

  • http://wisnu.masteriklaninternet.com/ info usaha purwokerto

    great job bos.many thank for the collection. j

  • http://www.gentedenegocio.net Wladimir Giraldo

    Excelentes diseños de Sitios Web, Felicitaciones

  • http://manpritkalsi.com manprit

    really gud list

  • http://www.infobisnispurwokerto.com info bisnis

    what a nice collection, may it helpfull for who need.thanks for sharing Bos, pram from Indonesia wish you best always.

  • http://www.kenmorico.com/blog Ken Morico

    This is a nice list. In the realm of online newspapers, the new LATimes.com design clearly sets a new precedent for minimalism in the news space. I wrote an article about it here:

    http://www.kenmorico.com/blog/index.php/2009/08/the-rebirth-of-print-new-latimes-com-design-looks-familiar/

  • http://www.shiftpx.com/ Juul Coolen

    Thanks for the mention btw!

  • http://www.arias.ca David

    Lots of beautiful sites showcased here. Thanks for the inclusion :) I appreciate it.

  • dmitri

    http://www.struly.com
    this is functional minimalism. in these days of adsense spam…just look at the ad placement here. learn it.

  • http://www.idperu.net Ivan A. Carrasco M.

    Los diseños minimalistas estan llenos de limpieza, orden y elegancia, asiendo que los usuarios se centren en los que les interesa eliminando las distracciones. Me encanta este estilo.

    Mi blog:
    http://diseno-web-idperu.blogspot.com/

  • http://minimalissimo.com Minimalissimo

    Guys, also check out Minimalissimo at http://minimalissimo.com. We blog about minimalist design and try to practice what we preach!

  • http://www.absolutecovers.com Ovi Dogar

    Hey Chris,

    Really nice examples you’ve got here!

    Keep up the great work!

    Ovi Dogar
    AbsoluteCovers.com

  • http://www.owendevelopment.co.uk Web Design Manchester

    Brilliant post. Clean and simple is the way forward when it comes to design.

  • Joe A.

    I love the selection. Great picks, although I have seen several repeats from similar articles on other websites. Great job, though!
    One more I’d suggest (less well-known), though you should include in future articles on the subject (perhaps weed out the sites every web designer is aware of, like I Love Typography, etc):

    http://www.prettyshinysparkly.com

    A nice use of minimal design peppered with hot pink. Although the subject content is girly (I think she blogs about girly things) it’s quite an attractive design.

  • http://www.norton-soft.com Ed Norton

    I especially like the ones with little graphics and thought out text placements and little borders.

  • http://www.zencreativemarketing.com.au/services.htm graphic design Melbourne

    Great selection and truly inspiring.
    I agree with Joe for I too have seen other articles with similar picks, but nonetheles you have picked some pretty amazing ones.

  • http://www.freetradeforum.com Sohail Ahmed

    Nice selection!

  • Darrel

    Thanks for the list. But I just wanted to point out a typo. You have Corporate Rick Watch rather than Corporate Risk Watch.

    I was trying to figure out who this guy Rick was and why did we wanted to watch him.
    ;)

  • Radu

    Another nice website is http://www.andreipotorac.com – very minimalist.

  • http://odesadarlings.com/ Rabocopso

    Hey Chris,
    Really nice examples you’ve got here!
    Clean and simple is the way forward when it comes to design

  • http://dating.lovedove.ru Rabocopsoc
  • http://www.markwong.co.uk Mark

    Cool examples.. Big fan of minimalist design

  • Vardan

    nice websites..
    thanks

  • http://www.mxky.com Infographiste

    Thanks dude for this great and beautiful minimalist websites collection.

  • http://trydota.ru Misha

    good Squarespace Blog creative!

  • http://www.logodesignmonster.com Logo Design Monster

    Great examples. I love minimalism when it comes to design and the examples you have used make an excellent resource. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.keyboardkitteh.com Navishkar Rao

    Love this collection. Inspiration for my own work.

    Love to make this list someday ;)

  • http://www.junowebdesign.com Juno Web Design

    These are all great designs, kudos for sharing and discussing all of these here in your blog.

  • http://mikheev.biz/ Slava

    I love minimalism!!! Its great!