Brutalist Web Design

June 12, 2018

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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.