Check out this article from Fast Company on “Undesigned” websites and programs. It’s a trend that’s been picking up steam recently; designing websites stripped of extraneous content to increase usability and decrease distraction. Some people have even stripped design out of website after the fact with programs like Readability. It may be getting more attention but it’s nothing new.
While some people have declared web design to be dead, this is simply the next evolution in web design and I, for one, couldn't be happier.