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