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tonvie says

I don’t get the trend. Other than a quick loading website what are the benefits of it and why are “Minimalistic” themes so popular? Just wondering :)

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ParkerAndKent says

I don’t get the trend. Other than a quick loading website what are the benefits of it and why are “Minimalistic” themes so popular? Just wondering :)

Well, the word minimal is constantly abused. If the minimal style is wrongly developed, then I agree about the blank sheet of paper. If well executed minimal is a very complex style with a total attention to details and user interaction.

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sevenspark Moderator says

Well, the word minimal is constantly abused. If the minimal style is wrongly developed, then I agree about the blank sheet of paper. If well executed minimal is a very complex style with a total attention to details and user interaction.

Very well said.

In fact, quality minimalist themes have to have nearly perfect design (we’re talking typography, visual hierarchy, proper use of negative space, and the like here), because there’s no extra “bling” to mask any design inadequacies.

I agree it’s a bit of a trend right now, but what’s really in demand (I believe) is that perfect execution of design principles that make a site look great and give it a timeless look. So in that sense, it’s the opposite of a trend as well. :)

I also think as themes get more and more complicated, there’s a certain amount of pushback resulting in demand for simpler (style-wise, not design-wise) themes.

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Parallelus says

It’s true minimal design is VERY difficult. I occasionally meet a young designer who will mock what they call “simple” designs (like what Apple typically does) and reminded them, it is a lot harder to make something look great when you do as few things as possible to it.

It’s difficult because if everything doesn’t look exactly right you’ll know. Dealing with proper use of space in a minimal design can be a hair pulling experience.

I agree with sevenspark, I think it’s a trend right now and don’t know how long it will last but you’re sure to see more of them soon. What is happening is people see a design on the site that has sold 500+ copies in a couple weeks and they think “that’s so simple, I can do that”.

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edtv82 says

i personally enjoy texture… I have a hard time looking at white, something about spots.

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bfintal says

Very very hard to create a good minimalist design that’ll stand out in the crowd IMO .

The back side of the iPad = pure minimalist beauty :)

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GoodLayers says

It’s true minimal design is VERY difficult. I occasionally meet a young designer who will mock what they call “simple” designs (like what Apple typically does) and reminded them, it is a lot harder to make something look great when you do as few things as possible to it.

It’s difficult because if everything doesn’t look exactly right you’ll know. Dealing with proper use of space in a minimal design can be a hair pulling experience.

I agree with sevenspark, I think it’s a trend right now and don’t know how long it will last but you’re sure to see more of them soon. What is happening is people see a design on the site that has sold 500+ copies in a couple weeks and they think “that’s so simple, I can do that”.

Agree!
Minimal design is VERY VERY difficult. Most people think it’s too simple and very easy.
That’s not true!

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VisualSharing says
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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AkinGn says

Although I want to make a minimal theme too later, I too want to say the term “minimal” and “simple” is over used around here. Like you guys said, minimality is the talent of supplying more with less and it’s a very hard task to achieve. And for simplicity, I remember there was a good article for it on web design tuts +. And the main idea was “creating a simple looking yet working and appealing web design is not simple.” something like that. I found the link : http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/design-theory/errors-bad-decisions-or-bad-design/

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theMOLITOR says

Minimal designs are the acoustic guitars of web design. If you make a mistake, everyone will hear it.

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