Keep It Simple Stupid; 48 Super Simple, Clean Websites

The web today is cluttered with fancy flash, java, ajax, jquery animations and scripts. Often designers feel that when designing we have to put every new cool trendy script in our sites to make sure the client is simply blown off their feet. Designers really need to stick to the good old fashioned KISS (Keep It Simple STUPID).

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I know it’s not the easiest thing to do, especially with the many distractions on the web. This post is all about keeping it simple, these 48 sites all showcase great ways on keeping design to a minimum and by doing this allowing the most important part of the site to be shown… the content. I hope you enjoy this post, it might not be dazzling and breathtaking but, you can get a great sense of what makes these sites work very well.

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  • Thanks for the love!

    Anthony Watts did a great job on our Unspace site, and it’s changed only subtly in the time since.

    White-space FTW.

  • great job! thanks for your inspiration 🙂

  • Bim

    Great stuff… what do you think of my site? Simple enough?

  • Great collection! With all the ornate and complex graphics that people use in design these days, it’s nice to see some appreciation and effective use of traditional layouts and clean lines.

  • wow, great collection of really simple websites. As for example, I’ve also made my site as simple using less of graphics and only when necessary. and less of unnecessary coding and graphics.

  • Awesome collection of really professional looking designs, I need to get my act together and sort out my website…

  • I’m personally a fan of flash sites. They show effort and are usually much better sites that I’d want to be surfing anyway.

  • Definately worth a bookmark. Thanks.

  • meme

    What’s the point of the woman in the picture at the beginning of the page? It’s rather irrelevant.

  • Yeah .. Very nice and SIMPLE websites.. love it ..

  • Leo

    I also would like to recommend http://www.thedogfiles.com
    I really like the simple design, and intuitive layout.

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    Yeah .. Very nice and SIMPLE websites.. love it ..

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  • Great list. thanks for the design inspiration!

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  • great list, great inspiration, great to see more people like less-is-more / clean/ basic/ keep-it-simple-stupid web designs and not freak with all the wild graphical effects just because they can do all that with their software.

    websites should be about style and communication

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  • Thanks for the great post. I followed these inspirational patterns when designing my new website: http://capitalgeedesign.com
    THANKS

  • Wow…amazing web sites. and great style and art of communication..really superb. that’s the art of simplicity.

  • This is really inspiring… thank u

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  • Lizz

    Yes simple and to the point…I’m a fan.
    As for flash, i think it has it’s place on the right site, such as one bringing some form of entertainment, but as for a site centered around information, learning and content, it can become more of an irritation and a distraction.
    And yes… as someone else mentioned – why the irrelevant woman at the top? don’t get it.

  • Its a ultra awesome post. I’m a webmaster and doing SEO for my blog. It can be very serious idea to get good SEO results.

  • Great inspiration, I prefer these clean layouts.

  • Yeah .. Very nice and SIMPLE websites.. love it ..

  • Yes simple and to the point…I’m a fan.

  • What’s the point of the woman in the picture at the beginning of the page? It’s rather irrelevant.

  • You should really add http://www.marketcrashers.com up here! they’re the best web design guys I know. Made my blog look pretty sweet 🙂

  • Definately worth a bookmark. Thanks.

  • This is really inspiring… thank u

  • Great ideas,layouts, design to appreciate, strive for.

  • hwat_do_u_care

    Most of these are way too maximalist IMO.

    Maybe it’s cuz I’m viewing these small thumbnails instead of the actual sites, but Art of Mission and Chris Garrett are the only good ones I can see. The rest just make me want to click away ASAP.

    Reading is hard… what can I say?

    Bad: serif/script fonts; clever logos, visuals, custom fonts; text < 16 pt.; "artistic" menu placement/composition; italics; challenging color scheme; dumb product/IP name in the first place… I could go on but why bother?

    Hon. mentions:
    Opened Hand gets custom fonted logo is basically illegible, and their icon is just one more among gazillions of unnecessary others.

    coreaudiovisual not bad except for the runtogethercompanyname (andifthatstheirofficialnamethatsevenworse)

    finch decent but logo font style doesn't mesh with the rest of the presentation

  • What’s the point of the woman in the picture at the beginning of the page? It’s rather irrelevant.

  • What’s the point of the woman in the picture at the beginning of the page? It’s rather irrelevant.

  • Love the list, I need to try to use this as inspiration.

  • This is the great collection of professional designs. Definately worth a bookmark. Thanks.

  • Nicky

    I think you should feature this one too: http://www.wedolovedesign.com/

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  • vps

    Awesome collection of really professional looking designs, I need to get my act together and sort out my website…

  • I’m personally a fan of flash sites. They show effort and are usually much better sites that I’d want to be surfing anyway.

  • All design are so good. I just learn to built same as sample. I will bookmark it. Thank you.

  • So interesting. I am a fan of simple design sites… http://www.ohnooo.com maybe mine should be added. lol

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  • Great examples of simple websites! The saying is true, sometimes less is more. Without the clutter it makes for getting your websites message across much faster. It catches your viewers attention, making them want to explore more of your website.