I thought this was an interesting read. It introduces several redesign concepts for various websites in an attempt to take them in different directions, but while the redesigns all look great visually, they are also all far less readable and usable than the original websites.
The Hacker News redesign is a good example of that, visually it looks great but the content is literally unreadable.
I think these are all examples of great art, but poor design. Which, to be fair is totally fine as long as that's what you want to achieve.
P.S. Of course my personal opinion is that complaining about all websites looking the same is like complaining that all cars have four wheels. But that's just me.
Yeah, these are great art pieces but fundamentally unusable. Familiarity and respect for user behaviour is pretty key in doing design.