I discuss the design of this site briefly in the About page. My two biggest influences were http://idlewords.com/talks/website_obesity.htm and https://motherfuckingwebsite.com.
Maciej Ceglowski’s The Website Obesity Crisis does a great job of pointing out just how bloated modern text based websites can be. This is for text based websites such as news and other informational sites. There’s no way even a relatively minimal image hosting site will have light trim pages. Images are big. Video is bigger. I spend way too much time watching videos on sites like YouTube. Honestly, its probably the majority of how I spend my time on the web. I also fully intend to use images on this website when appropriate, but when it comes to displaying text, which is the main purpose of the vast majority of websites, there is no need to use anything other than HTML, and some CSS to make it look pretty. I think a lot of people forget that the world wide web (which is not the same thing as “the internet”) is primarily for transferring information. It was not meant to be an art project. It is much like making films in Hollywood. If you want to make deep meaningful art, you don’t go pitching your film to a Hollywood executive. Hollywood wants to make money. They don’t give a shit if the movie will be a true and sincere expression of your innermost soul. If you want to make art, you become an independent film maker. The web is the same way. When you make a website, you should be focused on sharing information effectively. This almost always means simpler is better. If you make an arty bloated page, it will be like an art film. Few people will hear about it, and even fewer will enjoy it. Arty personal passion projects are rarely runaway smash hits.
This brings me to another related point. The medium is NOT the message. Marshall McLuhan was full of shit. At best, the medium enhances the message. You can have the fanciest interface in the world, but if people can’t find the information they are looking for, there is no point. It’s like the old Zombo.com website, which is an ancient parody of flash intros. It’s still there, but of course requires flash, and uBlock screams at me when I try to open it. You can find it on YouTube (https://youtube.com/watch?v=qxWwEPeUuAg). It’s all medium and no message. If you’re using a website to sell a good or service, and people can’t even figure out what your good or service is then it doesn’t matter how good it looks. You’ve already failed.
This site is meant to be a return to the old web free from such things.