Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st May 2017 22:51 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces

I wonder if these rugged aesthetics, now commonplace in cutting-edge websites, can work at scale - in mobile apps used by +1b people. Instagram's new UI paved the way: can this effort be replicated in other categories (e.g. gaming)? Is brutalism a fad or the future of app design? Would it make apps more usable, easy-to-use and delightful? To end with, would it generate more growth? Conversions experts sometimes suggest that more text equals more engagement - what if we push this idea to the extreme?

There's something unsettling about these brutalist redesigns by Pierre Buttin - but I don't outright hate them. There's something very functional about them.

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Some of it's not half bad
by Moochman on Fri 2nd Jun 2017 06:58 UTC
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Some of these remind me of the sort of hipster-esque retro graphic design seen on the menus of the trendiest local coffee shops. The author nailed it with Instagram - it already is brutal, by being hipster. All those separating lines, line-drawing graphics and courier typed font - it might as well have been made with a plotting machine and typewriter - and done right, it can be charming. For the record: I would actually use that Gmail app, with pleasure.

Edited 2017-06-02 07:03 UTC

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