Minimalist is a completely overhauled look and feel for the ExpressionEngine control panel. Everything has been stripped down to it's bare essentials, designed to help optimize the experience of managing and creating content.
Navigate between the most frequently accessed parts of the control panel using only the keyboard. Less mousing, scrolling, and clicking means less strain on fingers and wrists, always a good thing.
To remind yourself and encourage clients to use the shortcuts, there is an optional menu widget cheat sheet in the upper right. Instructions for using accesskeys update dynamically depending on the requirements of your browser.
Sharpening the edges, dropdown navigation on hover, fixed positioning and reduced visual clutter don't actually make the server any faster, but for me, they make things feel a little bit sleeker. If what you're looking for is easier to find, then your attention is spared for what matters most.
After nearly 10 years of working in EE almost every day, I find any extra visual clutter annoying and inefficient. So the sidebar is hidden, along with most background colors, borders, inline instructions, anything that gets in the way. Taken even further, that also means no letterspacing, sparing use of bold and careful attention to spacing & rhythm.
For customized control panel navigation
For effortless template editing
For high speed data modeling
For elegant file management
These additional UI-related add-ons really complete the experience of using Minimalist. They give you the power to bring an exceptionally refined experience to your clients and content administrators.
In addition to these, Minimalist includes special customizations for many of the most popular add-ons, including:
Icons licensed from Gentleface; Numeric Keys, from The Noun Project