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Minimalism in UI Design

I love the minimalist style, but I also keep in mind that form has to follow function: minimalism should only be used to improve user experience.

Minimalism in UI Design
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Author: Szabolcs Bakos

minimalist UI to improve UX

Minimalism is a very popular style right nowadays: companies and designers have started to embrace it. It brings useful benefits to apps applications and websites by removing unnecessary elements, and also helps to decreasing loading time and increasing the compatibility between different screen sizes.

Here are some of my tips about minimalist UI and web design:

Remove unnecessary elements

Find creative ways to use minimal design styles even in the case of content-heavy websites or applications. Each and every element should serve a purpose, fulfill a certain need. Omitting unnecessary elements results in a cleaner, more comprehensible layout. So it is a good idea to step back, and ask the question: "Do the users really need that component in order to achieve their goals?".. To sum up, you should strip away every element that is not essential.

Minimalist design unnecessary elements

Try to use fewer colors

Try to reduce the number of your layout colors. Using too many colors could distract or confuse your users. If you limit the number of colors in your design, it will help improving the user experience, while having too many colors can affect it in a negative way.

Minimalist UI Harmony

Take advantage of whitespace

Whitespace is the space between content and it is a critical element of minimalist UI and web design. My advice is use as much whitespace as you can but use it wisely. Whitespace helps your users to focus on the things that help them achieving their goals.

Minimalist UI White Space

There are four types of whitespaces

  • Layout white space – This space includes the margins, paddings, and gutters
  • Text whites space – This is the spacing between lines and letters
  • Content white space – This is the space that separates columns of text
  • Visual white space – This is the space that surrounds the graphics, icons, and images 

Use whitespace to create a meaningful visual hierarchy, so it is going to be easier for your users to decide what elements they should focus on first. Whitespace also promotes readability and scannability.

Harmony is a must

Always use grids and grid systems. Otherwise you can end up with a chaotic design. By using grids, you are going to be able to place and arrange elements in a purposeful and harmonious way. Elements can be aligned systematically along the grid, so your layout will be consistent, and you can also allows for creating a good visual hierarchy for your design.

Minimalist UI Details

Final thoughts

If you combine meaningful, well-crafted layouts and UI elements with minimalist design, you can end up with a great design solution. While minimalist design style may looks easy to create, in most cases, you can fall into the trap of removing too many elements. To achieve the best possible result, you need to find a good balance balance: leave out the things that are not essential, but keep enough parts for a design to not only function, instead, to provide a delightful experience for your users. So don't forget that well- established minimal layouts are results of careful decisions and design. 

Bakos Szabolcs, UI/UX Designer

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My name is Szabolcs Bakos, I am a self-taught freelance UI/UX Designer. My professional focus areas are the web-based user interfaces, web applications and responsive websites.

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