Yo! Brutalist website design!

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Russell Jenkins, who has an accurate sense of where my funny bone is located, sent me a link to a website about Brutalist web design. “The disease spreads beyond architecture,” he noted. Yes, but that strikes me as old news. I recall writing about this a while back. I will link to my post if I can find it. Meanwhile, here is a post on the matter (don’t call it an “investigation”) by Maria Gilo called “Brutalist Design Is the Bad Influence We All Need,” and a link to “Brutalist Websites,” which illustrates what she’s talking about.

Just found my old post. I have nothing to add to “The ‘Brutalist’ website fad,” from June 5, 2016. In it, Andrés Duany writes, “We have a sick society. Do we express it or reform it?” Obviously modernists in architecture and other fields seek to express it. So much easier! I will link to that, and as an inducement for readers to follow the link, I quote Sara Hines on the phenomenon:

Did you miss the memo on “ugly is the new pretty”? Once you grasp this, and related topics like “illogical is the new rationality,” you are good to go with the new millennium. I could point you to other concepts in women’s clothing like “designer bags are ugly but better because they cost more or have someone’s name on it,” or “the new design is to make things smaller and with materials that are so weak that you can find them shredded on hangers – and for this you will pay a lot more.”

We are getting to Idiocracy far sooner than even I had hoped!

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to Yo! Brutalist website design!

  1. Y. Boach says:

    I must say that brutalist web design is a concept I find fascinating. I believe strongly that the way websites appear and the way they are built must be improved each and every year.


  2. Thank you for the info, I have to admit, I am a bit of a Brutalist fan.


  3. It’s like “The Ugly Sweater”!
    Unfortunately we have many sites like this for artists who believe you should have a solid white background with 7 pt sans-serif type in, preferably, a grey hue – so the reader is forced to draw up close to the screen to view the art as if it was a finely hidden treasure. Either itsy-bitsy or exploding off the page, Brutalist, indeed!


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