Have you noticed the new Google homepage? It is now the simplest it has ever been. I believe there is a lot we can learn not only from this simplicity but also to how Google has achieved it.
There is a lot of debate about the new Google homepage with its fading of secondary content. It amazes me that some web designers see it as a mistake. Personally it perfectly sums up my attitude towards simplicity in web design, and I would like to see more website owners have the confidence to follow suit.
However, as Leesy points out in the Boagworld forum, it is not just the simplicity of the google homepage that is exciting. It is also the way they have achieved that simplicity. It is their attention to detail.