Minimalism can be described with a well-known expression “less is more”. It is a style in web, interior, fashion design, as well as in art, music and theatre. The key principle here is to use the smallest possible range of colors, shapes, forms and materials. Minimal designs are created to be meaningful, spare and simple.
Minimalism as a particular style became popular in the 1960s in New York with art trending towards abstraction. It can also be considered as an extension of Bauhaus and Constructivism. The main goal was to leave only an essential part of elements to focus public attention on the most important details.
Minimal design can be hard to implement sometimes, as the line between simple and primitive is very thin. You may focus on the core functionality and that will help to make a user-friendly interface and an intuitive user journey. Don’t be afraid to use the negative space and emptiness as a part of your interface, as well as try to pay attention to grids and composition.
Most important minimal features include:
In digital mediums minimalism can be formed with:
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
— William Morris