How to master minimalism
Minimalism isn’t as easy as it seems. To achieve a sleek and simple look, there are a few design practices you must implement. Here are three tips to achieving your minimalist design dreams.
Minimalism isn’t as easy as it seems. To achieve a sleek and simple look, there are a few design practices you must implement. Here are three tips to achieving your minimalist design dreams:
1. More whitespace
Minimalism centers around whitespace, or the amount of blank area on the page. The more spacing you have between sections, the easier it is to scan your page. Check out our blog post on the psychology behind UX for more information on the importance of placement. Between your title, headers, images, and body text, there should be about an inch or more of whitespace. Also having whitespace as margins around the user’s screen gives your interface a crisp finish.
2. Fewer colors
One of the basic UX mistakes people make is overdoing their color scheme. With too many colors in your design palette, it’s easy to create a clashing interface that overwhelms users. Instead, start with black and white as your base colors. Then add two or three colors with one accent. Make sure your colors complement each other with the accent acting as a contrast. For example, with the picture above, the shades of red/orange are similar while the green/blue is a contrast (on the opposite end of the color wheel).
3. Fewer elements
Most websites are covered in elements such as buttons, text, and images. However, this makes a page look cluttered. Reduce the number of elements you use significantly to achieve a minimalistic finish. More importantly, concentrate those elements in one focal area to draw the user’s attention. This will naturally lead to more whitespace on the page, contributing to that simple look.
With the use of whitespace and the limitation of colors and elements, your interface will look clean and polished. A minimalist design will make your page easier to read and more engaging.