30 Examples of Extreme Minimalism in Web Design

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As a follow up on last week’s roundup of 105 Examples of Clean and Minimal Twitter Apps, I thought this week would be the time to share with everyone examples of extreme minimalism in web design, and how with minimal elements, when properly used, so much can be achieved.

The 30 Examples of Extreme Minimalism in Web Design are grouped in 4 sections:

The intention is to give inspiration for the fans of minimal web design, and to highlight the effectiveness and diversity of using minimalism in web design, even if it’s taken to an extreme. Enjoy!

Web Apps

1. DownForEveryoneOrJustMe

A useful service for knowing if a site is actually down, and you are not the only one unable to access it.


downforeveryoneorjustme.com

2. DingItsUp

and this one sends you an email when the site is up again.


dingitsup.com

3. IndexedByGoogle

Want to make sure that Google has indexed you site?


indexedbygoogle.com

4. Fizy

A speedy search engine for songs and music videos. It can be used as your online jukebox with the option to share what you are listening to on social networks such as Twitter, FriendFeed, and Facebook.


fizy.com

5. SimpleCountryCodes

A service that allows you to look up any country code. Very handy web app for people who often dial abroad.


simplecountrycodes.com

6. ThyNews

A web service that allows the creation of a custom page with headline links from online news sources and blogs.


thynews.com

7. Tasck

A smartly designed Ajax powered To-Do List with one objective in mind; minimizing users’ clicks and achieving the functionality required from such a web app.


tasck.com

8. QuieTube

Watch YouTube videos without all the clutter, noise, and distractions caused by comments and other elements.


quietube.com

9. Postcard.fm

A service that lets you email audio postcards. An interesting example of a 3 steps web app.


postcard.fm

10. CopyPasteCharacter

Copy and paste characters with a simple click.


CopyPasteCharacter.com

Portfolios

11. CraigWilson

Portfolio of Craig Wilson


craigwilson.co.uk

12. ethicka

Portfolio of William Donahoe


Ethicka.com

13. hakki

Portfolio of Hakki Yemeniciler


hakki.com

14. joelirw

Portfolio of Joel Irwin


joelirw.in

15. johnstewartsutherland

Portfolio of John S. Sutherland


johnstewartsutherland.com

16. jonwardweb

Portfolio of Jon Ward


jonwardweb.co.uk

17. keeno

Portfolio of Kenno


keeno.cn

18. LoveBlank

Portfolio of Francesco Prosperi


LoveBlank.com

19. Pomade

Pomade is a design studio based in New York city


pomade.tv

20. Yalamber

Portfolio of Yalamber Subba


Yalamber.com

A simple Yes or No answer

21. is Twitter down?

Tells you if Twitter is down.


IsTwitterDown.com

22. is IsTwitterDown down?

Tells you if the site that checks if Twitter is down (no. 21) is down.


IsIsTwitterDownDown.com

23. is it Christmas?

Just in case you want to be sure…


IsitChristmas.com

24. is it a leap year?

Another simple way to make sure if we are in a leap year


IsItALeapYear.com

25. is Obama president?

Answering this question is done by may other dedicated sites, but this one adds a timeline…


IsObamaPresident.com

Miscellaneous

26. D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y

An obsession with properly spelling DEFINITELY (I just copied it just to make sure I don’t make that mistake)


D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y.com

27. DocaPet

Even eCommerce can be simple and minimal, a great example of how this can be achieved


DocaPet.com

28. TelescopicText

I love the creativity behind this one, and would love to see a whole book done this way


TelescopicText.com

29. RandomBuddha

Random Buddha quotes


RandomBuddha.com

30. KonamiCodeSites

Welcome to geekdom; a list of Konami Code powered sites. Of course, you need to use the code (↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → b a) to access the site, and don’t forget to try it on SingleFunction ;)


konamicodesites.com

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108 Comments ( Add Yours )

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    July 22nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    http://www.iscaliforniaonfire.com

  2. Timo Reitnauer
    July 22nd, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Our minimalistic approach to a domain registration website: http://iwantmyname.com

  3. Mathew
    July 22nd, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I was looking for some inspiring minimal sites for an idea I have.

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Brian
    July 22nd, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    http://dopeoplesuck.com

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    http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/

    The source is also of interest.

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    http://www.thefuckingweather.com/

  9. Ryan O. Hicks
    July 22nd, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks for the post.
    Some interesting sites.

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  17. Peter
    July 23rd, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Hey folks,

    what’s about minimalistic blog’s? for example: http://frischerlook.de

  18. jayhan
    July 23rd, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Awesome minimalism! Does this qualify as well?

    http://dowebsitesneedtolookexactlythesameineverybrowser.com/

  19. Ben
    July 23rd, 2009 at 6:40 am

    <Shameless self promotion>
    I made this: MySticky.org. It’s a very minimalistic and unobtrusive “post it” style note that you can use to keep yourself organised.
    </Shameless self promotion>

    Enjoy :)

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    July 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 am

    If you understand german you´ll like http://kant.bibofau.de/

  21. AndyW
    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Great list!

    There are some imaginative ideas here :)

  22. Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach
    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I like #27 the best. Nicely done.

  23. Gabriel Weinberg
    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:52 am

    http://watrcoolr.us/

  24. web2000
    July 23rd, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Loving your article 30 examples of extreme minimalism in web design. Very inspired to see the web with less bs ads and other useless nonsense!

  25. Bob Cooper
    July 23rd, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Hey there,

    Nice sites there, does mine qualify?

    http://www.bobcooper.org.uk

    Bob

  26. Eric B.
    July 23rd, 2009 at 9:44 am

    How about http://something.com

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    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I am ALL about minimal design.

    http://www.dsgncreative.com/

    http://twitter.com/dsgncreative

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    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:52 am

    http://www.ranknstein.com

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    July 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for mentioning one of website designed by me (27th Docapet).

    Thanks Barbara for comment.

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    July 31st, 2009 at 10:26 am

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  50. Hakki Yemeniciler
    July 31st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for including hakki.com as well as many other focused and purpose built sites, great post.

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    August 3rd, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Thank you for including | blank |.
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  57. Webmasterish
    August 4th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks everyone for the feedback and suggestions.

    I would definitely be featuring some of the cool examples suggested in future posts.

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    August 5th, 2009 at 4:38 am

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    March 24th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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  80. Aker
    July 29th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Great list, you should add some more like mrkwvr.com for example.. Thanks for sharing that list :)

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    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:51 am

    i am self-studying web design coz building websites is my passion`:”

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    September 24th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Minimalism can be powerful, yet It’s very easy on the eyes. I went for a more minimalist approach on my design portfolio myself- let me know what you think http://www.yuriyz.com.

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    September 29th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    web design is also a good hobby and a great job too. web design jobs pays very well,:~

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