Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery French writer (1900–1944)
Minimalism is a word I’m sure you’ve heard before. It often gets thrown around on design blogs though sometimes carelessly as though the term just means to put less on the page.
When you finish a new design what do you usually think of it. Do you like it? Hate it? Do you find your work sometimes disappoints you and makes you question your decision to become a web designer?
The best designs come from not one, but hundreds of well-made decisions. The worst designs arise out of hundreds of poorly-made decisions. All that stands between you and a great design is the quality of your decisions. Where do they come from?
— Jared Spool
From choosing a typeface to deciding on consistent button colors. How do you make design decisions? What kind of designer are you?
A couple of weeks ago Vitaly Friedman asked the the web community where it had gone? Vitaly’s main concern seems to be a lack of participation in meaningful design discussions aimed at improving web design as compared to a number of years ago.
Recently I came across the short video below in which noted designer Massimo Vignelli suggests (PDF) we use too many typefaces and designers wouldh be better off sticking with a dozen or so well done fonts our entire careers.