Our mobile landscape has a certain look about it. A certain cohesiveness that signals we are using apps that were built in the modern age. Built to be pleasing to the modern eye. But what if instead it was more functional and basic? Welcome to Brutalist Redesigns, the art project that gives apps a Brutal makeover.
Brutalist is a type of architectural movement that favored honesty and function in its design over aesthetic appeal and then became a type of aesthetic. Although the style is not popular any longer, you can still find examples of it in buildings around the world. Government offices and public housing tends to hide a few gems of this style. This project takes that aesthetic to the app world. The result are apps that look like they were designed in the 90s.
The colors are garish, the fonts are basic. The interfaces are functional with no frills. This project would probably be far more jarring if I didn’t grow up with the internet and see it in its awkward early stages. Check out more images on the website.