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I like a minimalistic approach to webdesign and despise bloated websites with a heavy feel. Exceptions to my preference for calm and readable websites are handcrafted pieces of art (an example would help here).

Energy consumption

Large and heavy designs also have a toll on energy consumption. Larger websites need more space to store them and generate more traffic for displaying them. And not to forget the power used by large, dependency-rich javascript applications on your local device, which serve nothing more than adding a fancy navigation. While this might not have a very large impact for reasonably unknown, personal websites, large platforms, news websites or popular CMSes will have quite an impact with their size and CPU usage. Danny van Kooten recently published a breakdown of CO2 emission reductions in his Wordpress plugins. It’s a real eye-opening piece.