However I don't think this post is about minimalist web-design as such. I say so because if you want to learn to do minimalist web design this isn't a useful guide (I am aware it's not mean to be a tutorial but it does offer some observations that can lead you the wrong way)
The number one thing you need to understand as a designer if you want to do minimalist design is typography and to do so properly takes years. It's a very refined art to do well and most people get it wrong when they try.
Putting few things on a screen is not minimalism and the Google screen is in itself not an example of minimalism. It was never really a conscious effort but rather a "lets remove everything and just add the search bar and a logo".
What google screen however is a good example of is first principles. I.e. going from the categories based search engines of it's time to a purely search focused approach and using pageranking rather than humans to determine results.
If you want to understand and do minimalist design learn typography first. Besides practicing a lot, a great book to do so with(a classic) is "Elements of Typographic Style" by Robert Bringhurst. It wont teach you typography on the web but it will teach you about typography which is one of the keys to understanding minimalism on the web. Would also recommend Grid Systems by Josef Muller Brockman which also provide a good foundation for understanding typography.
Just my five cents.
I'm so sick of consumer-focused web design infecting all corners of web design, including and especially professional/industry design where more information may sometimes be better than less. It's like UI designers' collective takeaway from Tufte et al. is "wow showing lots of information effectively in limited space is tough, let's just not do that."
That being said, "white spaces" are not supposed to always be the color white. Interfaces are not supposed to always be a sea of nothingness either.
That's simply bad minimalistic designs you are describing.
Even a skeuomorphic design filled with textures and gradients require good use of white space and a minimalist approach to be a proper UI. Function over form should remain true no matter the "skin" of your user interface.
I've gone back to making a home page (remember those?) for my Maths teaching next year. I'm trying to pack as much as I can into one page that students can just access without passwords and which will work ok on a variety of platforms.
Intellij does this well since you can toggle everything with the key map, two key strokes and I have the conventional busy IDE interface, two more and editor with text and no clutter, which mode I'm in is dependent on what I'm doing.
vscode has it as well, they call theirs Zen mode.
I agree an information-dense approach is warranted when people re-visit a site many times-- what you would call professional/industry design? But even then, the minimalist principles are still valid. You don't want to clutter with unnecessary stuff, but you _MAY_ just have more stuff.
Do you have a compelling example of effective non-minimalist web design?
If the author feels that image adds value to the blog post, I'm not sure I want his advice on minimalism.
Also, what are visually impaired people meant to do? A minimalist site should be much easier to keep screen-reader friendly. Pictures of text are not recommended.
And giant letters + a yellow circle sounds absolutely that.
It's not about just a textfile in black letters on white text.
You know, my comment was too harshly worded. It had a mean tone that was not my intention. I hate it when people give snarky criticism online, and then I go and do it myself... Sorry about that.
(Not talking about page size -- talking about design).
As far as content websites go, Medium is as minimalistic itself as they come.
They literally put all the emphasis on the content.
To paraphrase the author, you don't add white space as much as you throw stuff out.
Aside: If I experienced any of the last five branding examples in the wild, I doubt I'd remember them. In these cases, minimalism = milquetoast design.
Is the dickbar really essential to solving my problems? Maybe think about removing it?
there's a typo/grammar mistake in the image "Does this thing adds value to my Design?"
'add' not 'adds'
and in English we wouldn't normally capitalise the d in design in this sentence
(intended as helpful tip, not criticism!)