Unusual Layouts in a Minimalist Way: 10+1 Examples of Minimalist Web Design

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Web design becomes more artistic than it never before. By that I mean designers can feel like painting on a canvas with the mature manipulation of all the latest techniques.

Not like years before, markup language, cascading sheet, scripts, libraries are the limits of designers’ creative ability. Now we have seen the responsive sites, the jaw dropping parallax effects and many beautiful web designs keep coming up.

While some other designers seem not buying those trendy stuff, their design are not seen anywhere and we would say it’s unusual or unique. But, are they really compatible with the usability guideline? I would reckon user experience is relatively more important than user interface.

I stumbled upon a portfolio website that immediately grabbed my attention. It’s very minimalistic, but the overall layout is unusual that makes people quickly differentiate it from other sites. I guess I could find some examples like this and share with you. Please leave your awesome thoughts regarding their design and usability in the comments. Hope you like them.

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Unusual Minimalist Web Design
Using the shape of honeycomb as the background pattern is good, while combining it with the content is clever. I think it is a clever design that consists of both minimalism and uniqueness. A great portfolio site.

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
Two color combination, 3 symbols in the middle, you can’t be as simple as that. Everything changes when you use the arrow key. A bunch of green little squares are indicating which section you’re at. Play around with it!

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
The menu in the middle of the page let you immediately know it’s a navigation driven website. The four directions indicates where the hidden content is after clicking. But I found that after one of the hidden content displays, the small text of “back home” is not so clear. It might be better if they can make it more obvious or make the entire menu section clickable to go back.

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
Skype made this awesome demo website to show different functionalities of Skype. They put them on a clock and made each of time portion clickable. How cool is that! No more dreadful demos.

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
The first sight of this website is just a plain page with a sentence. Then this page squeezed like a curtain after scrolling, the main content displays. I think this is a simple but a very clever way to mark up the most important thing they would like to show.

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
If there is no hovering, the whole site is just like a white board. The actual content are hiding under the different black/white shapes.

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
It’s not a normal website with a simple gallery slider. The slider only shows after click on the page and the clickable arrows displays. I like this website because the girl in the middle is the one that actually slides, which makes it like standing out and be the point.

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
The menu section contains different shapes on top of them, which I think is the most important elements of this website. It feels much more dynamic. The big green color may let you feel dizzy though.

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
A square shaped menu sits in the middle of website, from a 3D like view. Each triangle of the square is a clickable menu. What an excellent idea.

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
Rather than making one scroll, this website contains 5 scrollable section. But the color I don’t like very much.

Unusual Minimalist Web Design
This a treat for you… I think it’s a stupidly fun website. I never see website like this before. EVERYTHING CHANGES AFTER YOU CLICKS. They made this site randomly display stuff and YOU MAY BE “PISSED OFF”… Go ahead, try it.
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