Article: Making Minimalism Work in Mobile and Web

An excerpt from, by @GabrielleG

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.”

This quote is attributed to a gentleman by the name of Ernst Schumacher, an influential thinker, economist and author of ‘Small Is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered’. The Times listed it among the 100 most influential books published since World War II.

Ernst was mostly talking about financial systems but the quote should resonate with a lot of designers and UX people. Often the simplest designs – created with the fewest elements – can provide the largest bang for your buck. Of course, we are talking about minimalism.

As the time-honored maxim goes, “less is more” and no matter whether you’re designing for tiny mobile apps or gigantic retina screens there are some effective tips and tricks, dos and don’ts that will help you get the most out of the design bits you’re using.

##Wireframe Usage

There are really no hard and fast rules with minimalism aside from downsizing your content but one of the most effective steps you can take to achieve the minimal effect in your work actually happens before you start throwing down all of your elements. This is the step of using a wireframe.

It is a lot easier to start with a blueprint than going in swinging when it comes to scaling back and down. The great thing about this process is it can be done anytime, anywhere and on anything, unless of course you’re trying to write on someone’s walls then I amend my previous statement.

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