Brutalist websites

Brutalist websites: "In its ruggedness and lack of concern to look comfortable or easy, Brutalism can be seen as a reaction by a younger generation to the lightness, optimism, and frivolity of todays webdesign."

An evocative (if imperfect) word for the combination of considered minimalism and retro-HTML design that's coming into vogue as a reaction to the overtracked bloat of the modern web. I'll take it! But "brutalism" doesn't seem to account for the nostalgic component that suffuses a lot of the entries, even if the materials match. Brutalism didn't look like something from 20 years ago until it was 20 years old.

P.S. There are many ways to view Boing Boing, but ASCII is worstbest.

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  1. I'm pretty sure The Drudge Report looks 20 years old because they haven't updated the design for 20 years.

  2. Brutalism lays bare the structural components.
    Minimalism makes them disappear.

  3. Although you referred to it as appalling...
    ASCII with green on black is bestbest

    javascript:(function(){var%20newSS,%20styles='*%20%20%20{%20background:%20#000%20!%20important;%20color:%20#0F0%20!important%20;%20font-family:%20%22courier%20new%22,%20monospace%20!important%20;%20font-weight:%20normal%20!important%20;%20%20}%20:link,%20:link%20*%20%20%20{%20color:%20#9ef%20!important%20%20%20}%20:visited,%20:visited%20*%20%20%20{%20color:%20#e9f%20!important%20%20%20}';%20if(document.createStyleSheet)%20%20%20{%20document.createStyleSheet("javascript:'"+styles+"'");%20%20%20}%20else%20%20%20{%20newSS=document.createElement('link');%20newSS.rel='stylesheet';%20newSS.href='data:text/css,'+escape(styles);%20document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(newSS);%20%20%20}%20})();

    borrowed from Bookmarklets Revised from "Darken".

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