minimalism: Color

Color is one of the most powerful tools available to a minimal web designer, but because of its power, color must be used responsibly. On minimal pages, color gains its power by contrast. Use too much color and you lose the effect; use no color and you forgo its benefit.

Counterpoints can be created by means other than color, so cautious web designers will tend to hit the balance on the latter end, such as Daniel Jones’ personal page and rikcat’s about page.

Jones uses only black and white text. For his purposes though, color turns out to be unnecessary, as Jones creates contrast with subtle shifts in font. In this case, the lack of color benefits Jones, as it creates uniformity across his projects, producing a very clean cut website that reflects well upon his work.

Rikcat is slightly less conservative with his color usage, as he uses full grayscale on his site, rather than simply black and white. This showcases his abilities as an artist in that he can display his work without color, even using grayscale as an artistic medium that enhances his work.

minimalism: Color

On Rikcat's main page, he displays more of his artwork, this time in full color. While it’s unfair to say that Rikcat is misusing color here — color is necessary to show off his work — the abundance of color takes away from its power. But while the different works of art may not stand out from each other, they still stand out from the rest of the grayscale website.

Test pilot effectively showcases the power of color in a minimal site. The words "Test Pilot Collective" are among the smallest on the site, and the thin sans-serif font makes them even less prominent. Despite all this, the title manages to impact the reader as one of the most noticeable sections simply due to its red color.

Although inching away from the minimalist core, Nathan Borror, on his personal page, decorates the header with a thin, rainbow-like progression of color swatches. Because this is for decoration rather than for emphasis, it is not within the boundaries of minimalism. Borror affords this luxury by including nearly nothing else.