25 Beautiful, Minimalistic Website Designs – Part 2

A few months ago I published a gallery of 25 Beautiful, Minimalistic Website Designs. I received more feedback on that post than almost any other, so I decided to follow up with another 25 minimalistic websites.

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

CSS Globe

Recently redesigned, this community site for web designers uses a simple, effect design.

CSS Globe screen shot


This graphic designer features an uncluttered layout and a nice color combination.

Finch screen shot


A visual communications and brand identity studio.

Maqina screen shot

Darren Alawi

A nice minimalistic design on a black background.

Darren Alawi screen shot


The home of articles with 100 or less words also prefers simplicity in its design.

Brijit screen shot


A minimalistic design on a blue background.

CRCBUS screen shot

Brynn Shepherd

Online portfolio of a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brynn Shepherd screen shot

Chama Inc.

A Portuguese web design firm that uses very little color in its minimalistic design.

Chama Inc screen shot


Another dark minimalistic design.

SayHej! screen shot


A high-end interactive agency, FL2 uses a simple website to promote its work.

FL2 screen shot


Story writer Edward Pistachio’s website has a minimalistic magazine-style design.

O.rang.es screen shot

Janic Design

Web and graphic designer with a dark minimalistic site.

Janic screen shot


A minimalistic design that uses only a few different colors.

Gendankenberg screen shot


A simply-stated website of a student designer.

AchtentachtigAchtentachtig screen shot

Headcase Barbers

Another site with a dark background.

Headcase Barbers screen shot

Jon Tan

UK web designer with a nice, simplistic website.

Jon Tan screen shot


Another web design firm.

Superawesome screen shot

Mark Wieman

Seattle-based interactive producer.

Mark Wieman screen shot

Cameron i/o

A very basic layout with an interesting background effect at the top of the page.

Cameron i/o screen shot

The Design Canopy

A more colorful minimalistic approach.

Design Canopy screen shot


A dark background for this designer.

Monoroot screen shot


This site uses a few different random backgrounds including the one shown below.

Huge Inc screen shot


Nashville-based web design and search marketing company.

Sitening screen shot


Minimalistic design that uses black, white, and gray.

Postmachina screen shot

Josh Minnich

Portfolio site for freelance web designer/developer.

Josh Minnich screen shot

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  • Karim, January 14, 2008

    Very nice ones! in fact!
    this proves my motto: Simple is harder!

  • Mason Hipp, January 14, 2008

    Awesome list Steven—it’s great inspiration for anyone who’s involved with web design.


    – Mason

  • Tay - Super Blogging, January 14, 2008

    This is a great list, Steven! It really inspires me and I loved looking at all of these great designs. Stumbled and Dugg. Keep up the great work. :)

  • Vandelay Design, January 14, 2008

    Simple is hard. It seems illogical, but an effective minimal design isn’t easy.

    Mason and Tay,
    Thanks for the feedback. I’m glad you like the gallery.

  • Jermayn Parker, January 14, 2008

    Yes simplicity is best but people get caught on that and exclude colour…

    No colour does not mean no colour. If you look at the best simple designs above, they have colour.

  • Jermayn Parker, January 14, 2008

    opps the above should read

    “no colour does not mean simple designs”

  • Simon Ward, January 14, 2008

    There’s some nice ones on this list Steven. Very cool.

  • alien abductions, January 14, 2008

    Hmm…. Nice. I think u should used more colour.your design is cool.Thanks.

  • Alen, January 14, 2008

    Great list, thank you for including CSS Globe :)

  • Andrei, January 15, 2008

    CRCBUS is a total (poor man’s) rip off of Kokokaka’s site. And Kokokaka came out WAAAAAAAAY before CRCBUS did. Please don’t reward pirates.


  • Jason Bartholme, January 15, 2008

    Great looking examples, Steven. Gives me some inspiration for when I redesign one of my sites.

    Congrats on the del.icio.us front page as well.

  • Alex, January 15, 2008

    Very nice, thanks!

  • Ruchir, January 15, 2008

    Great research as always, Steve. Keep up the great work!

  • Tibi Puiu, January 15, 2008

    Great compilation Steve, I’ve always been a sucker for minimalist designs :>

  • scott, January 15, 2008

    So, this is kinda like mental masturbation. Yes, these are all pretty and interesting designs, but they’re all FOR DESIGNERS. What, pray tell, would you expect from a designer?

    Show me a fortune 500 company that goes out on a limb and chooses an expressive, deep, minimalistic design.

  • Matthew Griffin, January 15, 2008

    Great list, Steven. I Dugg you.

  • adrien, January 15, 2008

    I went to an art/design program last summer and loved their website, http://tuscanclassicalacademy.org/. Certainly agree with scott.

  • tyler, January 15, 2008

    blah blah blah. typography, big deal.

  • Scott, January 15, 2008

    I like most of them, but not all. Simple is fine, but sometimes they just had way too much font graphics for me. Check out my site.

  • Vandelay Design, January 15, 2008

    Thanks for stopping by. You’re welcome for the inclusion of CSS Globe.

    Jermayn and alien,
    I agree, color is important. I think there are a few rare designs that look great without color, but they’re in the minority.

    Thanks for providing that link. I hadn’t seen that before, definitely a very similar design.


    They’re not all for designers, although very many are. I agree with you that large companies are not going to go with this type of design, but that doesn’t mean that no one else should.

    Thanks for the Digg.

  • Goncalo Fonseca, January 15, 2008

    Care to comment on this one?
    I love feedback ;)

  • Dennison Uy - Graphic Designer, January 16, 2008

    Nice list! I have LOVED FreshCreative since I first laid my eyes upon it.

  • Kristen, January 16, 2008

    I was about to begin constructing my website when your first post on minimalistic designs came out. It was such great inspiration, that I completely scrapped my original plan and started over again! I do believe the result will be a much better product.

  • music news, January 16, 2008

    I was inpired by this when making my site.Nice thing.

  • best health information, January 16, 2008

    This is a very cool thing.Carry on.

  • Goji Girl, January 17, 2008

    I love the ‘fresh creative’ text on the Finch site. Anyone know the name of a similar font? Less is more as they say, great work.

  • julian the designer, January 19, 2008

    Wicked list. Good to see these clean designs…

  • Sam Law, January 19, 2008

    Nice screens guys. Inspiring bunch of designs…

  • Mat, January 21, 2008

    CRCBUS is not came out after Kokokaka. Please don’t accuse a website if u don’t know a pubblication date.

  • vision dino, January 21, 2008

    here is my minimalist site http://www.visiondino.ilive.ro , not my design

  • Stevia, January 23, 2008

    Fab designs. I particularly like the Darren Alawi, SayHej! and Superawesome ones. In fact they are all great!

  • Mark Wieman, January 24, 2008

    Thanks for featuring my web site here.

  • Vandelay Design, January 24, 2008

    You’re welcome, it’s a nice looking site.

  • anonymous, January 26, 2008

    here’s another one:


  • Patrick Rhone, January 27, 2008

    This is a great list. I would love to see some comments on mine.

  • Vandelay Design, January 27, 2008

    Hi Patrick,
    Your site looks nice, certainly a minimalist approach.

  • sauravh, January 28, 2008

    cool one

  • JeremyB, January 28, 2008

    Thanks for the notice. Proud to be included on your list.

    -Jeremy Brosowsky
    founder & CEO, Brijit

  • Mike, January 28, 2008

    Here’s another one:


  • Vandelay Design, January 28, 2008

    You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    Thanks for the link, it looks good.

  • A great website about decor and home design. Also tips about how to clean and care Cowhide Rugs, Calf Hides and Skins

  • iH8Shia, March 24, 2008

    Intresting content, not very good use of colors though…

  • Josh, May 20, 2008

    agreed, aside from monoroot those colors are not very flashy. I do like the simplicity of most of the sites. Less is more on most occasions.

  • Guang@ HouDeAsianArt.com, May 27, 2008

    Thanks for the collection of those beautiful minimalistic designs! They inspired me a lot when we re-designed our website… they gave me guts to embrace the beauty of simplicity!

  • Website Design, June 4, 2008

    Wonderfull post

  • Sohbet, June 11, 2008

    And Jon Tan Super

  • R. Hughes, June 20, 2008

    Thanks very much for posting this list. We’re looking for inspiration and this offered some! We’ll be using some of this in the future.

    R. Hughes
    Production Music Library

  • Micah, June 20, 2008

    Thanks for the list. It was very helpful inspiration for my portfolio!

  • sOhbeT, July 27, 2008

    thank you!

  • Property Abroad, August 18, 2008

    Very cool designs, particularly like the gedanken site.

  • Mike, December 8, 2008

    Suggested websites: http://www.xtencil.com or http://www.twopoints.net. Thanks!

  • Dakshina, March 19, 2009

    Simply Simple and Amazing!!

  • danilo delfino, April 22, 2009

    Lots cool stuff. Love minimal design. Although lot people misunderstand the mean of minimal.

  • futura, May 15, 2009

    Josh Minnich, excelent designer

  • Shen, August 11, 2009

    Love these as well! :D

    Here are some I check out:

  • Manisha, August 11, 2009

    Why are all these “top xxxx” sites always web design agencies or web designer portfolios!? Surely this is not what inspires other designers but instead real designs in other industries other than design! This is what kind of inspiration we need help with not on our portfolios!!

  • Vandelay Website Design, August 11, 2009

    Yes, there are a lot of portfolio sites in this list. Portfolio sites are much more likely than other types of sites to use a minimal style of design.

  • John, November 20, 2009

    That’s really cool list. I’ll use it as soon as posible!!!

  • The websites are amazing collection thanks for sharing

  • Free Blogger templates, November 28, 2009

    Great find, amazing collection, Oranges, Janic, Sitening, Cameron i/o are really awesome.

  • meyve_tabagi, December 17, 2009

    Thanx for the list. amazing designs indeed.

  • Smashing Blog, December 22, 2009

    my Smashing Blog is minimalist too … Thanks you

  • seo, December 23, 2009

    It is really amazing what kind of services they can now offer through a great design.
    thank very much.

  • Brian- Logo Design, January 20, 2010

    A beautiful collection of very neat and clean website.

  • CoolSprings, February 6, 2010

    I love minimalistic websites. So much cleaner and crisper.

  • Grant Hammond, March 18, 2010

    That’s hilarious, I actually know a few of those Raven guys. Not sure if John had anything to do with the site design, but kudos.

  • James Macfie, March 21, 2010

    I love these clean designs – really something that I think should be focused on. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • sistre, March 24, 2010

    agreed, aside from monoroot those colors are not very flashy. I do like the simplicity of most of the sites. Less is more on most occasions.

  • Developerholic, March 26, 2010

    Truth is, I want and appreciate minimalist designs the most.

  • Really liking the big letters on simple backgrounds.

  • Graphiste, August 1, 2010

    Nice list but some are pretty old and known. You should add a new article of new minimalistic design on the web. Thanks :)

  • Krivoy Rog, August 3, 2010

    Monoroot – best site

  • Rav Singh, August 7, 2010

    Very nice websites. Straight to the point and no fluff, just the way I like them.

  • Deepak kaletha, August 25, 2010

    Awesome design , and great collection

  • Website Facility, October 19, 2010

    Fantastic, I love to look at these when I get ‘design block’

    Website Facility – Milton Keynes

  • FrayeDesign, December 5, 2010

    I really like the typography and layout of “Finch”. Those two things mixed with the choice of colors really make the site seem clean and modern.

  • Amber Novack, December 14, 2010

    If you make a new run of current clean+simple+elegant sites, you should check out the guys at http://www.marketcrashers.com. They do pretty nice stuff!

  • sohbet, February 5, 2011

    Very nice websites. Straight to the point and no fluff, just the way I like them.

  • Catherine Ince, February 7, 2011

    I just found your site and list of great websites and have just happily spent an hour checking out loads of websites. Thank you for the great distraction.

  • Mauritius Web Design, September 16, 2011

    Very impressive minimalism website design will bookmarked it for my next web design project thanks for sharing