Most websites are a mess of decoration, hijacking, dark-UX, and general chaos. Few designs serve the needs of the user. One way to do that is to embrace websites for what they are, by adopting a form of brutalism for web design:
- Content is readable on all reasonable screens and devices.
- Only hyperlinks and buttons respond to clicks.
- Hyperlinks are underlined and buttons look like buttons.
- The back button works as expected.
- View content by scrolling.
- Decoration when needed and no unrelated content.
- Performance is a feature.
If every website adopted these guidelines, the web would be fast and readable, our batteries would have much power at the end of the day, and we’d all be a lot happier.