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The more cruft you can cut, the more efficient you can be in conveying your message.


What a great question, Niklas. I'm a huge fan of minimalism so I took a chance to write an elaborate answer. First, I beg to differ: the art movement and the design style are not the same thing. “Minimalism” as an eponymous art movement has formed in 60s, after the WWII, taking it’s roots in various precessing art movements such as Constructivism, ...


Advantages - Minimalist Web Designs Have Faster Download Speeds Easy Maintenance People Do Not Like Pop-Ups Helps the Focus on Content Convert Better White Space Helps Your Website “Breathe” Easier Navigation Fewer Server Resources Less Maintenance Easier Responsive Web Design


These are called 'Dark patterns' and these can be used in many different ways to influence users behaviour. Social networks as you mentioned put the logout button in a separate menu, Facebook in particular hide the 'deactivate' option very deeply in a settings structure. Some people also believe that you can never delete your Facebook account, when in ...


Mobile first http://www.themobileplaybook.com/en-us/ Google have been instructed to think first about mobile and fit everything else (e.g desktop) in afterwards. Folders don't need to be big tiles and on a mobile, if they were, they would take up valuable space. So, for consistency, and with a mobile-first view-point, they should be smaller than the files. ...


There is a variant implemented: you can switch to a list view in the horizontal Google Drive menu.

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