The zen of minimalism. Minimalist blog design is all the rage these days. In the pursuit of usability and a better user experience, designers everywhere are stripping out the needless elements of their sites. The result? Clean, fast loading sites that a user can actually use.

As with any design trend, there are two questions you should ask yourself.

  1. Why should I adopt a minimalist design?
  2. How can I adopt a minimalist design?

In response, the Internet Digest puts forward The Case for Minimalist Design. If that has sold you, then your next stop should be Skellie’s article on how to create a minimalist design.

Minimalist design is one of the easier trends to implement, and the reasons for it tend to be compelling. ThinkVitamin have a fantastic article on 7 of the best design styles, and of course minimalism is one of them.

There are many examples of minimal designs online. PlainTxt have put together a list of some of the most minimal WordPress themes imaginable. CSS Juice also have a list of minimalist WordPress themes, but with a little more to them.

Personally, James Reggio’s personal blog is the best example of absolute minimalism that I can name. It tells you exactly who James is, and gives you the contact information you need. Just about.

What’s Been Happening on Pro Blog Design?

Well, I don’t think we’ll be able to top the milestone from last week, but there is still one nice change:

We’re going completely ad-free!

I’ve said before that I just don’t care about the few dollars that adverts here might get me, and I’ve shown it by going from very few adverts, to even less. Now, we’re going right down to zero ads.

I will miss the Amazon ad a little though, because they really were fantastic books I recommended. As a last tribute to them, I’ve picked out my two favorites (Without affiliate codes!). I can’t recommend them enough:

  • Don’t Make Me Think! by Steve Krug – If this is the only web book you ever read, then it’s enough. This simple, short book is the only usability advice you will ever need.
  • Transcending CSS by Andy Clarke – If you design or code web sites, then this book is invaluable. It’s cutting edge and packed with great advice. Consider it a $30 can of inspiration.

There is one problem though, what do I do with the freed up space? I need ideas!

A snazzy widget? My del.icio.us / StumbleUpon / Digg feed? Or in the spirit of minimalism, leave it empty? All suggestions welcome.

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