Leonardo Da Vinci

Take a Website Design Lesson from Leonardo Da Vinci

Five centuries later, simplicity is still the ultimate sophistication

As a website design company, we are often faced with complicated requests that require simple solutions.

We keep it simple.

We want to make the user experience as crisp and intuitive as possible.

Here are some of our observations from the exhibit:

  1. Simplicity results in interaction—All throughout the museum, visitors were interacting with Da Vinci’s creations, but the longest queues were at simple, wooden machines that used only one or two moving parts to achieve their goal: cogs, pulleys or bearings. The result is not unlike new web designs that encourage users to scroll or swipe their way around a single, manageable page.
  2. Use open space to reduce clutter— Da Vinci once reimagined Milan in a model “ideal city.” He took the crowded, single story cityscape and tiered it into three wider, more open levels using canals for commerce. He then fitted every building with ventilation ducts. The message? Give people space and they will feel welcome.
  3. Beauty is in the details— Despite being incredibly simple, Da Vinci’s work was still highly detailed. Visitors to your site may never notice the subtle nuances of your typography or the extra 27 pixels between your body and the footer—just like they may never notice the small bridge and stream behind the Mona Lisa’s left shoulder. But those small details add to the piece in a big way.

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Building you the best mobile-friendly, responsive websites on the planet. Go responsive, get confidence, be found. http://metalpotato.com

Building you the best mobile-friendly, responsive websites on the planet. Go responsive, get confidence, be found. http://metalpotato.com