25 Beautiful Minimalistic Website Designs: Part 3

Two of the more popular posts from the archives are the inspirational galleries of minimalistic designs part 1 and part 2 (UpdatePart 4 has also now been published). Over the past few months I’ve continued to come across excellent designs that show that a beautiful design doesn’t have to be busy. Here is another collection of 25 inspirational designs.

For more inspirational design galleries, see:

If you appreciate websites with a minimalist design style, you’ll love our new gallery site Minimal Exhibit.

Concentric Studio

Concentric Studios



Winnie Lim

Winnie Lim



Kyle Sollenberger Design

Kyle Sollenberger

David Sutoyo

David Sutoyo


Vitor Lourenco






International Orange

International Orange

Brad Young Photography

Brad Young Photography

Jeff Croft

Jeff Croft




Hot Meteor

Hot Meteor

Six Apart

Six Apart

Nathan Carnes

Nathan Carnes

dConstruct 2008

dConstruct 2008

Opdyne Design


Matt Bango

Matt Bango





Design Intellection

Design Intellection





Jamie Gregory

Jamie Gregory

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  • Joaquin Brenner, June 22, 2008

    the only one i liked was six apart…

  • Anna Vester, June 22, 2008

    A very nice collection there Steven.

  • Eric D, June 23, 2008

    Is it my imagination or does there seem to be a trend toward huge font sizes on newer websites. I think some old school “print graphic design” elements are creeping back into website design. Back in the 1977 when I attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to study Visual Communications, big type was all the rage, especially in poster/event design………..

    Does anyone else see this as a trend??


  • Dude, June 23, 2008

    80% of these look no different than some of the templates being used by several top blog site providers… I mean, they’re clean and all, but they just seem ubiquitous.

  • Retouching, June 23, 2008

    How about this one? – retush.org

  • kiran, June 23, 2008

    Good designs.Very simple and creative.


  • Social Networking North, June 23, 2008

    Confident designs with the emphasis on content and striking typography – nice collection, thanks.

  • nemetral, June 23, 2008

    How about my portfolio? Looking for some feedback on it :)

  • Tony Nash, June 23, 2008

    I really think http://www.nofussreviews.com should be on this list.

  • Hudson, June 23, 2008

    One I saw a while back that should be on the list:


  • Icithis, June 23, 2008

    Eric D, and others:

    I see the trend. The ‘minimalist’ is geared towards the minimal color palette, as well as the minimal font differences and minimal ads. These sites could have been much more minimized with their lack of content.

    Nothing new to see with these sites, unless clones of the Web 2.0 standard is suddenly new.

  • Brennan, June 23, 2008

    Mine can be considered minimalist, check it out. http://www.brennanbarney.com

  • StBlarth, June 23, 2008

    Yes this is not that interesting or new, and as stated by a previous commenter these are just luke-warm copies of better designs that have gone before them.

    And the people at Vandelay seem to like spamming their site all over the usual design blogs I see with useless articles like this.

  • United Voices, June 23, 2008

    I’m quite impressed with Poccuo & International Orange. Other designs are also equally impressive

  • liam, June 23, 2008

    Nice one, best collection of sites I’ve seen in a while.

  • Soroush, June 23, 2008

    Another great collection for inspiration!

    I don’t know what it is about minimalistic designs that attracts me… but I guess less *is* really more sometimes!

  • Mark Aplet, June 23, 2008

    Great collection. I love minimal designs so this was right up my alley :)

  • pearl, June 23, 2008

    Wow, first off, I love this new design of your site Steven.. Hadn’t been here for some time but it sure is a treat to come back to such a nice post and the design… I’ll be getting my blog re-designed in a week or two so these will definitely come in handy :)

  • Mo, June 23, 2008

    Let’s see – excellent, wow, inspiring, a knock out. Thanks.

  • Vandelay Design, June 23, 2008

    Eric D,
    Yes, I’ve noticed the trend to large fonts as well. I like it in the right situation. I think it’s great for emphasizing a simple message and making it stick. It’s not the best for every website though.

    I like it. It’s a nice, clean look.

    That’s fine that you don’t like this style of design, it’s a matter of personal preference. I’m not sure how I’m spamming anyone with this post. If you have an explanation, please leave it. And as far as the post being useless, it may not be helpful for you, but over 400 people have bookmarked it today, so it must not be useless to everyone.

  • Vitor Lourenco, June 23, 2008

    Hi Vandelay,

    Thanks for choosing my site to fit in such a nice selection : ) I’m getting a huge traffic and a lot of work requests today.

    Keep up the good work!

    Vitor Lourenco

  • Vandelay Design, June 24, 2008

    Wow, that’s cool! I’m glad it’s helping your business. Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment.

  • Gunnar Andreassen, June 24, 2008

    Those designs picked shows me you really know what to look for. Great finds.

  • Aggie Jane, June 24, 2008

    Great! I like them!

  • Prasanth, June 24, 2008


    Thanks for adding Opdyne to the list! We are pleased. :)

  • Clayton, June 24, 2008

    Hey There,

    I really appreciate you choosing my companies work to be listed on your site. I really love minimalistic design. It just gives such a clearer and more focused approach to what really matters… CONTENT!!! Anyway thanks again and I’ll definitely be back to check out your blog!


  • Simon North, June 24, 2008

    Nice list, i’ll add it to my best of the web list. Thanks

  • Glen LaFortune, June 24, 2008

    Wanted to drop a line and say THANKS. We appreciate the acknowledgement. It’s a temp site so keep a look out for our new site.

  • Felicity Evans, June 25, 2008

    Really beautiful and simple sites. An encouragement to think long and hard before filling all that beautiful white space. Less is more

  • Winnie Lim, June 25, 2008

    Hi, really appreciate the feature, been a long-time rss subscriber to your blog. :) Great motivation for me, thanks!

  • Fubiz, June 25, 2008

    Thanks for the sharing !

  • brad, June 25, 2008

    Thanks for this great list!

    Would like to think that my new website is pretty minimal as well:
    my Passion Project
    Its a place for people to easily share what they love to do!

  • Vandelay Design, June 25, 2008

    Prasanth, Clayton, Glen, and Winnie,
    You’re welcome, and thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  • Eli, June 26, 2008

    Stunning collection. I have to check out all of the full sizes and look them properly now :)

  • Kat Rice, June 26, 2008

    These are lovely. I’m a fan of simplistic professional design. I own a web design company and we do quite a bit of that. I’ve never tried the big text though, it looks great.

    My site is here if anyone is interested:

    BTW, been poking around this site. Looks great and good info too, you can bet I’ll be back.

  • Fabio, June 26, 2008

    Really nice!
    I did also my portfolio in a minimal way… http://www.fabiodemarchi.com

  • David Yeiser, June 28, 2008

    Thanks for featuring Design Intellection! I’ve been away on vacation for the past week so this was a nice surprise to see on return.

    By the way, I like the use of Georgia for the comment form. Very nice!

  • JSHAW, July 4, 2008

    i’ve been looking for some inspiration like this, its great, thanks so much!

  • Josh Harbaugh, July 5, 2008

    Thanks for the mention of Pixelhaven. It’s an honor to be included in such an inspiring list of websites!

  • Justin, July 5, 2008

    I’m really into simplicity in web design and I think this site does a good job of doing that: http://www.idesignbrand.com/

  • Vitec, July 7, 2008

    Suprice. Thank you very much:)

  • Chopin Freddy, August 10, 2008

    I’ve been looking for inspiration for a piano-themed WordPress theme. Minimalism is key. Bit o black. Bit o white. A bit o fluff. These will come in handy.

  • sps, August 17, 2008

    nice collection, thanks.

  • Dave Ellis, September 28, 2008

    Thanks for including the DS.Emotion site I designed last year!

  • Juan R., October 2, 2008

    Minimalist dark design for science site.

    Includes math rendering using CSS+JS.

  • Robert L., April 30, 2009

    I’m a CPA but with emerging right-brain tendencies. Dont’ know enough to be a critic. I only know what works for me and the folks with the new agency where I’m a partner. I love the sites shown here. Too many sites today with useless, distracting clutter. I like this high-impact, billboard approach. Compelling, quick-to-understand and actionable.

  • personal finance blog, August 6, 2009

    beautiful websites.

  • Shen, August 11, 2009

    These are good resources as well:

  • medyum, August 24, 2009

    Thanks for choosing my site to fit in such a nice selection : ) I’m getting a huge traffic and a lot of work requests today.

    Keep up the good work!

  • dori, October 29, 2009

    Thank you. Useful information!

  • seo, December 23, 2009

    very informative and very highly dedicated writer have published very good article i have really enjoyed it

  • Artixi, May 11, 2010

    Finally a list of minimalist websites that isn’t just a collection of Helvetica on a white background! That said, some of these websites are pretty busy and I wouldn’t really call them minimalist. But hey ho, design is subjective after all.

  • medyum, July 11, 2010

    Those designs picked shows me you really know what to look for. Great finds….

  • Web Designer Leeds, December 8, 2010

    Some really great sites. The Google Adwords one is Genius to be honest! Straight and too the point. I’d love to see his conversion from Visitor to enquiry. The question it raises, would be, how do you get such a simple website ranked 1st page of google without adwords?

  • Web Design Hull, January 12, 2011

    Nice collection of sites, good to see lots of great typography… I love the Concentric Studio site.

  • medyum, April 16, 2011

    Really beautiful and simple sites. An encouragement to think long and hard before filling all that beautiful white space. Less is more….

  • Mareeek, April 21, 2011

    I don’t think you can call a website minimalistic just because there is little content on it and a huge background-image.

    Some of these sites posted here are pushing themselves up by using a full-size background-image, and if you would’ve taken it away they would not look good anymore or interesting.

    A lot of good posts though, no offence…