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Less is More

In the past decade I noticed we are getting more and more minimal with design. Whether it is graphic design, interior design, or even architectural design, the more minimal the design the better. We enjoy a crisp and clean environment.

 

If we take a look at a website design back in the 80’s we can see how cluttered and confusing the site is to navigate on. If we saw a site like that today, chances are, the average person would be stressed out just looking at it. Why wasn’t simplicity a necessity then? Are we just now understanding that user experience affects the outcome of the product and that simplicity is more pleasing to the eye? With minimalist lifestyle on the rise, we have to take into consideration as designers what the user wants and what attracts them the most.

3 Comments

  1. jkohorst wrote:

    I believe that a lot of the web design practices are tied in with the understanding of the technology at the time. When the web came out, HTML and CSS was not as rich as it is today. Many web designers probably were designing to display all the content needed, and that often meant more visual elements cluttered the space. Now we have more HTML and CSS elements as well as Javascript and other things that allow us to have all of the same content, but not have it all up-front at once for the user to see.

    Friday, March 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm | Permalink
  2. ysaavedr wrote:

    Designers have embraced the trend of minimalism and it is visually pleasing to look at crisp lines. We may of not of had the same tools to make the crisp look, but we can do it now.

    Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 11:20 am | Permalink
  3. arahma12 wrote:

    Simple and less is definitely more for a design. It also really aids in someone’s taking in more information from a website, as you said, without feeling overwhelmed as opposed to websites that have newsletter length introductions. Minimalist designs are also the hardest sort to achieve for artists, but I can see why now though: the real challenge becomes conveying many messages, meanings and stories in as less content as possible, like telling a story in just three words.

    Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:18 pm | Permalink