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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    • July 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

      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.

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    • June 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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    • June 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks
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    • June 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much.
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    • March 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

      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.

    • March 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

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

    • February 23, 2011 at 3:09 am

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

    • February 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      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.

    • February 12, 2011 at 12:07 am

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

    • February 6, 2011 at 5:09 am

      Thanks for this information. It is very helpful. Please share some more articles like this.

    • February 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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

    • February 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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

    • January 29, 2011 at 12:29 am

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

    • January 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

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

    • December 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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

    • December 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      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

    • December 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm

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

    • December 10, 2010 at 7:09 am

      This is really inspiring… thank u

    • December 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      Definately worth a bookmark. Thanks.

    • December 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      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 :)

    • December 5, 2010 at 12:09 am

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

    • November 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm

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

    • November 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm

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

    • October 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      Great inspiration, I prefer these clean layouts.

    • October 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

      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.

    • July 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

      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.

    • February 25, 2010 at 3:14 am

      This is really inspiring… thank u

    • February 25, 2010 at 3:05 am

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

    • February 22, 2010 at 12:05 am

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

    • February 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      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

    • January 24, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      Great list. thanks for the design inspiration!

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    • October 15, 2009 at 12:26 am

      KISS this… http://tiny.cc/OqopF

    • October 10, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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

    • October 2, 2009 at 7:57 am

      I like Simple and Clean Websites

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    • June 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm

      http://bit.ly/ADcTw
      → Exemplos de sites limpos e simples (perfect++)

    • April 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm

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

    • April 8, 2009 at 10:45 am

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

    • March 22, 2009 at 11:06 am

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

    • February 21, 2009 at 8:33 am

      Definately worth a bookmark. Thanks.

    • July 29, 2008 at 5:40 pm

      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.

    • July 21, 2008 at 1:58 am

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

    • July 20, 2008 at 6:57 am

      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.

    • July 18, 2008 at 10:52 am

      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.

    • July 10, 2008 at 7:17 am

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

    • July 4, 2008 at 11:03 am

      great job! thanks for your inspiration :-)

    • June 26, 2008 at 10:18 am

      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.

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