Sir, Your Most Brutal Web Site, Please.

This manifesto is deep, deep, deep into "Old Man Yells At Cloud" territory, but I do like this sentence:

Brutalist Web Design:

By default, a website that uses HTML as intended and has no custom styling will be readable on all screens and devices. Only the act of design can make the content less readable.

Does this mean that eventually people will start calling my web sites "brutalist" instead of "dated"?

Maybe there will be a specific sub-category for green on black. "Your search - Cyber-Brutalist - has about 6 results".

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30 Responses:

  1. jwz says:

    Last week I had a promoter critique us by saying, *"Facilities, web site and logo all look dated (albeit genuine)."*

    Whatever, I'll take it.

    • Thomas Lord says:

      A few more years and you'll be "authentic".

      • BHN says:

        A web site with 'character', now you can't buy that. It has that comfy, warm, lived-in feel to it.

        • jwz says:

          I only use locally sourced, gold-plated memcpy, for warmth.

          • BHN says:

            ...saved from the dustbin by enterprising youths during the renovation of late '90's sites when marble and dark wood accents became all the rage.

            • japh-o-matic says:

              "...the web site is suffused with the aromas of tobacco, citrus fruit, warm saddle leather, burnt vanilla and exotic notes of something best described as wet dog. A janky, turbid mouthfeel yields to an explosion of contrasting flavors: rich tannins, black cherries (oxidized in a chlorine fire), currants, candied ginger, celeriac and other root vegetables; however, the unexpectedly bitter finish contains disturbing elements of creosote, stickleback perch, and human vomitus. Without a doubt, a timeless product of SOMA's unique and unreproducible downtown terroir..."

          • Chas. Owens says:

            Why did you have to put that back in my head?

    • Web Guy says:
      From: admin@cyber-brutalist.org
      To: jwz@dnalounge.com
      Subject: Application for http://www.jwz.org
      Dear Webmaster:

      Your application for the Cyber-Brutalist Site Seal has been received. Please
      resolve the following issue(s) to ensure prompt approval:

      - All text to be rendered in a monospaced font.
      - All text to be rendered at the same point size.

      Thank you for helping keep cyber brutal.

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    • pagrus says:

      I lost track of how many times we were offered "help" for our coffee shop's website by people who misunderstood the purpose of having it to begin with.

      No dude we are not trying to "drive traffic" or "increase conversion", and we don't need help from your SEO snake oil. It's a website for a coffee shop which means it needs hours and location on the fucking front page, and that's kind of it.

  2. Eric Brombaugh says:

    Obligatory: motherfuckingwebsite.com

  3. ctag says:

    I love everything about that page.

  4. Lloyd says:

    I'd date a brutalist!

  5. BHN says:

    Someone at SDF recently pointed me to text.npr.org and I absolutely love it.

  6. Cool Charac says:

    FWIW various linux terminal emulators offer green-on-black colors, and obviously the people who use those terminals aren't called brutalist.

    Besides, since it helps prevent eye strain then "benevolist" is a better term for that. If you don't mind of course.

    • rc says:

      Unusually (and sadly), the first response I usually get when showing off this blog is "Wow, that colour scheme hurts my eyes"...

      • jwz says:

        Fuck those people.

        • Hypocrite Much says:

          So why do you constantly talk about the evils of Facebook and other silicon valley companies, and yet load content from them on this blog which has no need to ever load a Facebook script? Hell, you don't need Google Analytics, run your own analytics server and start starving these companies and start listening to your own advice.

          • jwz says:

            Any time one of you whataboutists posts this it makes me less likely to change it.

            • Hypocrite Much says:

              Its not even hard to change it though. "Do as I say, not as I do". I'm sure you're familiar with Matomo (formerly Piwik) for analytics. I know you use Facebook for your businesses, not trying to say its not useful for events and such for your clubs. But I just fail to see the use for it on this blog?

              • jwz says:

                Guess what, I don't owe you an explanation, and your insults don't make me inclined to offer you one. Fuck off.

      • E. Max O'Mancer says:

        This is one of the few sites whose colour scheme doesn't hurt my eyes.

      • Kyzer says:

        It could be much worse. True horror is the amber monochrome monitors.

  7. So your search - Cyber-Brutalist - now has about 10 results.

  8. The Future says:

    Everything that existed before the shining advent of our brand spanking new industry-leading world-saving product The Future is dated garbage that offends the delicate sensibilities and progressive working class values of all people of good will worldwide. All such dangerous relics of crusty aristocratic decadence must be set on fire and destroyed. Counter-revolutionary firefighters are enemies of The Future and will be shot. There is no past. There is no present. There is only The Future.

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