Minimalism: (noun) design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect.
I could in no way describe myself as a minimalist. Not as an artist, dresser or even person. So it might surprise you that I’m doing the re-design for this website in a minimalist theme.
I’ve been thinking about the re-design for much longer than I’ve actually been doing it. All of a sudden the colors of this site looked dark and the fonts started to drive me crazy. I’ve played with a lot of designs, but the one I will be launching soon is quite minimalist.
Line 25, a web design blog, says this of minimalism in web design:
“The sophisticated image of minimalism has always been a popular style of design. In web design 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.”
I’m not a professional web designer, nor did I look at web site designs and select a minimalist one. For me, it’s a more organic process. After looking at some site designs that I like, I pulled up Artisteer, a web design product, and tinkered until I found something like “felt right.” It just happened to be in the minimalist style.
So, be on the lookout for the re-design. I’m not sure when it will launch; it really depends on how much longer it takes to finish. (Getting up très early and having to go to bed relatively early, too, doesn’t lend itself to doing a lot of anything before and after work.) It’s different, but you can’t say that I didn’t warn you!
Do you have a certain style you like when it comes to websites/blogs? Is there something that you think every website/blog should have? Any website/blog pet peeves?