It’s very common nowadays to hear people from all sorts of backgrounds commenting on the design of websites. A few of the popular comments participants tend to make during usability testing sessions which often send mixed messages to clients include “I like a lot of white space” or “I prefer a minimalist design”.
From a user experience point of view, these comments by no means indicate that if you apply the above to your website, site visitors are going to love your website to pieces. Having a lot of white space doesn’t mean being able to navigate around the website easily.
However, it is possible that a well-designed website with a lot of white space:
Having minimalist design doesn’t ensure good usability of a website. However, it is possible that a minimally design website:
As such, the next time someone yells “I love white space” or goes on and on about how they worship minimalist design, don’t start designing a website with those features thinking it’s going to work for sure.