Understanding the Theory of Minimalism in Web Design

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Minimalism is the stripping down of a work of art, whether a design or a photograph, to its bare essentials in order to affect the viewer somehow. An image or photograph is made up of a combination of elements: light, shadow, shape, color, space and so on. When one or two of these elements are brought to the forefront of a piece and the others are subdued, the finished product could be called minimalist.

Minimalist web designs are simple and conservative. They are basic, without clutter. The perception of the audience overrules the personal expression of the designer. This doesn’t mean that creating a minimal design requires less effort or expertise than a traditional design. Although simplicity is key, understanding the laws of minimalist design and working within them are necessary.