Minimalism is a big craze at the minute. Think for a moment; how many pure white designs did you see online today?

There are good principles underneath this all of course, and most likely you already know them.

Minimalism = Less clutter = Less distractions = More time focusing on the important stuff.

But do all minimalist designs work with this principle in mind? Do you not feel that in some cases, a designer has just thrown a few divs together and dubbed his theme minimalist?

Minimalism In Blog Design

Readability is priority #1 for most bloggers. If a person can’t read your post, what was the point in writing it? And in the effort to improve your readability, you’ve met the add-whitespace logic before.


That ones easy. Here’s another one that you also know, but may not think about so readily when someone mentions minimalism.


There are exceptions to both graphs, but the general trend is true. And here’s what happens when we combine the graphs.


Minimalism Is The Means, Not the End

The end is a site which guides users easily to the information they need, but still makes an impression when they first arrive, and leaves one when they leave.

If minimalism is the means of achieving that, then all well and good.

But you never aim for a minimalist design itself. You don’t reach a point where you can say, “I’ve added enough nothingness to call this done.” That’s just designer speak for laziness, and minimalism does have it’s downsides in the wrong situations.

The end comes solely when you’ve reached your real goals, by whatever means.

So, when you chose the theme for your blog, did you want it to be minimal, or did you want it to be usable?

And as another little talking point, what other ways do you find that ample whitespace influences a design?

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