White Space and Minimalistic Web Design


We have all seen simple, or “minimalistic” web layouts whn we visit a variety of different sites. These are sites that use simple 2-3 column layouts that contain simple navigation, text, and leave the rest for white space. These websites are usually trying to stress the information that is contained within the website, rather than the website itself. Some designs are only subtlely minimalistic, and some are utterly simplistic. Deciding not only when, but how to use simplistic designs and white space is something that not everybody is in tune with, and that is often the cause of many websites using these effects inappropriately, making for a poor user experience.

After seeing hundreds instances where people were using white space and simplistic designs poorly, and sites that should be using these things not using them at all, we decided it would be a good idea to put together some good resources and tutorials on the subject. There are some very talented web designers and graphic artists out there that obviously have a good grasp and understanding of the concepts, and they are more than willing to share this valuable information with the rest of the internet.

Below are a collection of tutorials that will introduce you to the world of minimalism and white space, and teach you how to use these concepts in practice! Some of the information in the articles overlap a little bit, but each article gives good different examples to help illustrate different methods, so they’re all worth going through. Use these tutorials to increase your website’s usability and readability, and to avoid making costly mistakes when you do so.

The Importance of Simplicity

The Proper use of White Space (a.k.a. Negative Space)

Minimalism and White Space in Practice:

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