Minimalist design is not the absence of design, it is rather well thought out design. The main principles of minimalism are simplicity, refinement, elegance, and balance. For instance, when designing a minimalist website, the line between refinement and boring is very thin, minimalist doesn’t mean forgetting the important things. Rather, it is all about knowing how to pick WHAT is important and HOW to display it, minimally.
To be successful at using minimalist principles there are some aspects of composition that should be considered. For example, conscious use of symmetry, direction, empty space, and a very good choice of typography will make a minimalist design look elegant instead of empty and boring.
If there are colours involved in the design, then those are usually monochromatic or analogous, not overly bright or invading. The use of colour is minimal but that does not mean that there is no contrast. Actually, contrast is an important aspect of minimalistic composition, it is just the right amount of contrast to heighten interest but no overwhelm.
History of Minimalism
Minimalism started at the beginning of the 20th Century with the De Stijl Art Movement, minimalist architecture and the appreciation of zen aspects of Japanese Culture. From these inspirational roots, minimalism then moved on to the interior and industrial design, music, and ultimately web design. The general idea and motto behind minimalism are what architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had to say about it: Less is More. Later on, industrial designer Dieter Rams said of minimalism: Less, but Better. Those three word quotes sum up what minimalism is and I hope the irony doesn’t go unnoticed.
Minimalism in Presentation Design
You can find many minimalist style presentations. The minimalist design aspects itself are friendly to the audience’s eyes, so they can understand the presentation without too much interruption. It is defined by the rightness of what is there and by the richness with which this is experienced. The less colour combination, neat layout, will really please the audience. Also, using minimalist design can somehow make your design look professional and sleek, so it will help you engage your audiences more. Here are some examples of it:
The minimalist style presentation templates shown in the picture above are (just click them to get the link):
Using the less-crowded concept that’s combined with greyscale colour, those items bring minimalist theme as its finest. With 50+ amazing slides, those presentation templates are applicable for modern architecture proposal, clothing, creative agency, magazine, furniture industry, manufacture pitching decks, etc. They have 50 editable vector icons, 16:9 widescreen ratio, dark background, and 10 fresh colours scheme will never be wasted to glad your business partners.