Skip to main content

Minimalism and progressive enhancement

Posted in Design and Development

I’ve been enjoying reading though Adam Silver’s archive of articles around accessibility and inclusive design over the past few days, and his take on progressive enhancement really struck a chord:

Progressive enhancement makes us think about what happens when things fail. It allows us to build experiences with resilience baked in. But equally, it makes us think about whether an enhancement is needed at all; and if it is, how best to go about it.

That last sentence is the key for me. It brings Dieter Rams’ tenth principle of good design to mind:

Good design involves as little design as possible

A website should be carefully thought through: every tag, script, style, page, paragraph, and full-stop.

Get them delivered!

If you enjoyed this and want all the latest articles delivered to your inbox every month, pop your email in the form below.

I don’t collect any data on when, where or if people open the emails I send them. Your email will only be used to send you newsletters and will never be passed on. You can unsubscribe at any time.

More posts

Here are a couple more posts for you to enjoy. If that's not enough, have a look at the full list.

  1. Opening links in a new tab or window is better avoided

    A link to an external source opening in a new tab or window is something that appears innocuous but really isn’t as straightforward it seems.

  2. First impressions of iOS 14

    After 24 hours using iOS 14, I’ve found some of the new features unexpectedly useful. Here are my first impressions.