Design & UX
Daniel Schwarz, May 19

Crash Course: Learn the Sketch UI in Roughly 4 Minutes 20 Seconds

Sketch has become the key tool for so many Front-end designers that it's hard to ignore. Daniel gets you up-to-speed with the UI basic in under 5 minutes.
Design & UX
Daniel Schwarz, May 10

How Sketch's New Symbols Will Improve Your Workflow

'Don't Repeat Yourself' (DRY) is a coding concept but it makes perfect sense for graphic design too. Daniel shows us how Sketch Symbols help us stay DRY.
Design & UX
Elio Qoshi, Apr 28

Sourcehunt Design April: How About Adding Fedora to Your CV?

April's Sourcehunt brings two Open Source goliaths. How would you like to add Fedora and/or Mozilla to your design portfolio?
Design & UX
Alex Walker, Mar 23

Is This the Dawning of the Age of Interrobang‽

Typographic punctuation is a jumble of glittering successes and hard-luck stories. For every @ symbol, there's a lonely irony mark or neglected interrobang.
Design & UX
Alex Walker, Mar 03

7 New Fonts You Probably Haven't Considered Using (…But Should)

Alex Walker looks at seven new and interesting fonts that you can start using in your designs affordably.
Design & UX
Daniel Schwarz, Feb 25

5 Ways to Offer a Better UX to Disabled Users

Could the characteristics that make us good designers – good eyesight & web savviness – actually make it harder for us to empathize with our users?
Design & UX
Zack Rutherford, Feb 22

7 Trends That Will Define Web Design in 2016

As 2016 starts to ramp up, we're starting to see strong trends emerging. Zack is on point with a list of the defining styles of the year.
Design & UX
Alex Walker, Feb 17

Taking the Double Trouble Out of Pull Quotes

Ssometimes we need to be mindful of how classic print techniques translate to digital. Pull Quotes are a good example.
Design & UX
Aja Frost, Feb 16

The 14 Latest and Greatest Sources of Design Inspiration

What keeps designers hungry? Fresh meat, of course. Aja has 14 new wells of inspiration to keep you shooting at the stars.
Design & UX
Kat Bak, Feb 01

The Story Behind SitePoint's New Typeface: Roboto

Find out why the SitePoint team recently decided to change our typeface to Roboto, a clean font with open licensing.
Design & UX
Jerry Cao, Jan 18

11 Free UX e-Books Worth Reading for 2016

It's a new year and the perfect time to seed your mind with new, fresh ideas. Jerry has 11 ebooks to inform and inspire. Oh, and they're all free!
Design & UX
Elio Qoshi, Jan 14

Are You a Talented Designer? Sourcehunt #1 Needs You!

Sometimes the most wonderful creations die for want of a tiny bit of design love. Maybe you can make the difference?
Design & UX
workerbee, Nov 09

9 Ways That Design Trends Are Holding You Back

Design trends have a natural ebbs and flows and it's hard not to get sucked along with the new wave. Workerbee has some smart methods to find your own path.
Design & UX
Monty Shokeen, Oct 26

4 Expert Tips for Getting the Most Out of Google Fonts

It's easy to forget how difficult, hacky and expensive custom typography used to be. Today Monty delivers four tips to help you use Google Fonts like a pro.
Design & UX
Alex Walker, Sep 24

Should You Be Brave with Your Typography? Ask Mr. Robot.

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Alex Walker, Sep 09

Getting Random with David Bowie and Fractals

A blank page can be a cruel taskmaster. Sometimes randomness is a good way to route around your normal design habits into new ideas.
Design & UX
Simone Sala, Aug 24

6 Unique Geometric Fonts You Need in Your Toolkit

Including such famous fonts as Futura and Museo Sans, geometric fonts represent one of the most useful and versatile subcategories of sans-serif typefaces.
Design & UX
Kelsey Bryant, Aug 21

Boost Your Skills With These Fun Typography Games

Kelsey has compiled a collection of fun typography games sure to test your typographical skills and improve your knowledge. Have some fun and learn.
Design & UX
Alex Walker, Aug 05

Is There a Perfect Paragraph Length for the Web?

Like hand-holds on a climbing wall, paragraphs give us an obvious path to traverse a wall of text - except when we they get lost on a small screen.
Design & UX
Laura Elizabeth, Aug 04

Taking the Guesswork out of Typography on the Web

Today Laura Elizabeth delivers a 'typographic tour du force' that will lift you from middling to master in 12 minutes. Read and see.
Design & UX
Simone Sala, Aug 03

6 Free Online Tools to Make Your Life Easier

Make things easier. Make things faster. That's what Simone is offering with these six online tools. And they're all free!
Design & UX
Gabrielle Gosha, Jul 23

Making Minimalism Work in Mobile and Web

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. In mobile design, was a truer word ever spoken?
Design & UX
Richa Jain, Jun 29

When Less is More - Why Minimalism STILL Rules the Web

Garden views

Design trends come and go. But some trends are eternal. Minimalism is one such trend. HTML5, CSS3 and all the other technology behind websites has grown dramatically over the last decade, making it possible to have more complex webpages today than ever before in history. And yet, I think minimalist designs still rock.

[I may be biased though. I've been ruthlessly editing my life the last few years to reduce the clutter and the stress. I moved way out to the suburbs where I get this gorgeous view. I haven't had a cable connection in years. My 6 year old thinks 'regular' TV with ads is weird and irritating.]

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Just because technology today enables you to add fancy bells and whistles and the kitchen sink to your website, doesn't mean you should. Here's what happens when you go all out embracing the latest technology and add every possible bit of it onto your home page: Possible Yes. That's the real deal - the home page over at Possible which includes sliders, animation, parallax. Go take a look. Perhaps you'll spot your favorite there too.

Bad designs aside, here are some concrete reasons why a minimalist website may actually be good for business.

Business and Marketing Reasons

1. It forces you to polish your message.

What's the purpose of your website? What are you trying to convey to your users? Focus on that. Don't let it get lost in the clutter on your site.


With a minimalist design, you don't have room to play loose. Every element on the page is deliberate. Every element serves a purpose. You can't be wishy washy about your message. You can't write a thousand words and hope that viewers will get the message. You can't use generic stock photos and graphic fillers. You're forced to consciously choose only what's absolutely required and reinforces your message.

2. Convey your USP Better

Since there's less clutter on the page, you have a chance to make your USP (Unique Sales Proposition) stand out and shine. Take a look at HelpScout. Their home page has a very clean, elegant design. There are a total of about 10 words above the fold (other than the menu), and a single clean background image that subtly shows people diligently working - perhaps the support team that's going to man your helpdesk.


Check out some other great examples of good and bad USP over here. Notice a common thread among the 'good' USP examples? They're mostly clean, minimal designs.

3. Less Clutter = Better Conversion

Yes, this should be obvious. But it isn't. Just check this screenshot of the Threadless website just a few weeks ago. Can you find the subscribe button?


Or better, look at the contrast between Yahoo and Google. Can you guess which of these users are more likely to find and use that search button on?




A clean minimalist design helps highlight your CTA in clear, non ambiguous manner.

4. Responsive is just waay easier

Mobile highlights the whole 'less is more' experience much better than any thing else. Those who've been designing mobile first, understand the crunch that the smaller screen enforces, and are already used to somewhat minimalist designs. You just can't afford clutter on a 3 inch screen.

But it also works the other way around. It's so much easier to make minimalist sites responsive, or even port them for mobile. Simply because the layout is simpler, there are fewer elements, and on the whole, lesser, more meaningful content.

User Experience

5. Space. Whitespace. Breathing space.

I don't know if it's just me, but there's this sense of calm whitespaces bring. Like it's ok. I don't have to rush. A site that uses whitespace effectively conveys that sense of calm and authority. They know what they're about. They know what matters. They're not going to bury you with stuff. You have the space to be yourself. The ZenHabits blog captures this beautifully, radiating zen.


6. Navigation is Easier

The minimalist agenda to reduce the clutter also holds for navigation menus. Like everything else, the menu is forced to have only as much as absolutely necessary. Again HelpScout got it right. Their top menu has just four elements. They highlight the most important thing visitors would like to know - Product, Pricing, Blog. Everything else, like the About page, the legal stuff and the help docs are tucked away under "More". No cluttering the top header space. No 3 and 4 level deep menus. This just makes it easier for users to find the right page.

Design & UX
Alex Bigman, Jun 26

Mastering Visual Hierarchy for Menu Design

Menus are complicated design challenge and designers have been thinking about them for a long time. What can we take from great restaurant menu design?