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1st edition — by Patrick McNeil — May. 11, 2006


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The Design Element

This article is somewhat of a follow up to the Super Clean one posted earlier this week. In it I expressed the fact that I was not including minimal style sites in my concept of super clean, although most minimal sites are in fact super clean, it doesn't work the other way around. I really just wanted to follow up with what I do consider minimal.

Wikipedia describes minimalism as: "a trend in design and architecture wherein the subject is reduced to its necessary elements." While I agree with this description of course, I have taken a bit of liberty to include some sites that have elements that could be considered unnecessary. This is of course debatable, and is merely a matter of opinion.

Minimal design falls square into the category of design where many people think it must be easy. Ah, but we all know good design is never easy. In fact, less is often far more painful then more.

To me, minimalism is attractive for a few reasons. Mostly I like it just because it is so easy to consume. With less distractions the content is a bit more obvious. Another thing I like about it is the speed. With less, you wait less, and I am a creature of excessive impatience. Finally, it can be just plain beautiful, the fine balance of so little is a welcome sight in such a busy world.

Enjoy the links. They don't look like much, but there are some really great sites.


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5/13/2006 9:29:01 PM

Yeah, minimalism!


5/18/2006 8:11:13 AM

I love the minimal comment. ironic.


5/18/2006 11:33:26 AM



6/25/2006 11:50:26 AM

Great minimal!


7/21/2006 11:16:07 AM

Your suggest form doesn't work, so I'm suggesting here. is a nice minimalist site.


8/1/2006 6:53:39 AM

i am just wondering does minimalism = black & white? most people use black & white to create something and their philosophy behind it is minimalism. are there anything more that just the play of colors in the grayscale spectrum?


8/1/2006 9:19:59 AM

It hadn't even registered that nearly ever site I selected for minimalism was black and white. I see no reason it has to be that way, but it is pretty remarkable that I ended up doing that!

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