Brutalist / Brutalism Apps out there?

1 year ago from , CEO of Notion Lab

We are currently developing some ideas for an app an i am in the search of some brutalism / brutalist apps out there. Apps where the design is a bit crazy but still high usable. Anything would help even web applications or websites. Need some inspiration. Everything i found (Dribbble, Behance, brutalistwebsites.com, awwwards) does not really fits what i imagined. Help would be much appreciated.

EDIT: Thanks for the help guys!

36 comments

  • matt michelsonmatt michelson, 1 year ago

    When and how did the term "Brutalism" come to be associated with this hyper-stylized post-modern pastiche style of design? I'm the furthest thing from an expert, but the popularized executions of this style mentioned in this thread seem so fundamentally at odds with what I know of its basis in architecture.

    15 points
    • STUPIDkid .coSTUPIDkid .co, 1 year ago

      i dont know how many people are aware of brutalist architecture, and this confused me at first too.

      3 points
    • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 1 year ago

      the popularized executions of this style mentioned in this thread seem so fundamentally at odds with what I know of its basis in architecture.

      Ditto. Brutalist architecture is about being raw and being concrete. It is not about intentionally ugly designs, using neon gradients, or hard to use interfaces. It’s almost the opposite of that.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brutalist_architecture

      8 points
    • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, 1 year ago

      Couldn't agree more.

      1 point
    • Pierre de MillyPierre de Milly, 1 year ago

      Once people start posting threads like this one, it's too late. It's a trend and the architectural basis will fade out...

      1 point
  • Bryan Maniotakis, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

    I really wish people would stop using the term brutalist when it comes to digital design. The term came about from a french term in architecture that translates to "raw concrete", and evolved from a rebellious post-modernist style backlash.

    You're having a hard time finding brutalist designs because it's the wrong term in the digital space. Unless you're looking for some mid 2009 skeuomorphic concrete textures, that term does not translate well between mediums.

    4 points
    • Wentin ZWentin Z, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

      your comments make me realize, maybe in digital design, brutalism is using the basic elements of the web, unstyled? Like the raw concrete of the archtecture, the raw DOM element is that to the web.

      OMG, it all starts to make sense to me now (but still not really, lol)

      0 points
  • Brandon Pierce, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

    http://brutalistwebsites.com/ may provide you some inspiration. Shameless plug of my personal site which also has a brutalist design https://brandonjpierce.com/

    2 points
    • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, 1 year ago

      Dude I really love your site, man. I don't think yours qualifies as Brutalist. It just doesn't have the crappy edge that Brutalist Websites curates... it is clean and minimal but not like The Outline for instance:

      https://theoutline.com/

      Or Bloomberg's 2016 Design feature is web brutalism at its finest:

      http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-design/

      2 points
      • Brandon Pierce, 1 year ago

        Thank you! I agree that it's not a traditional brutalist design in the sense that it is not extremely stark, but I think brutalist design also means removal of unnecessary design fluff. Just bare bones text and links.

        0 points
        • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, 1 year ago

          Got it! That definitely fits with class Swiss design. I really dig it and that makes total sense. Removal of frills. It's funny how what started in architecture as removal now also connotes crazy random crap and flashing colors everywhere. It's really weird.

          1 point
        • Sean LesterSean Lester, 1 year ago

          Hmm yeah my understanding of brutalist design is more in line with yours - the sort of utilitarian Craigslist design approach more than so-bad-its-good hipster trend

          4 points
        • Clay MacTavishClay MacTavish, 1 year ago

          I'd say that is minimalism.

          0 points
  • Chris ThomasChris Thomas, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

    This is a portfolio, but its a great example of how to keep your brutalist style clean, minimal and usable.

    http://slava.kim/

    Bonus Behance shot. This is more modern and breaks some rules.

    https://www.behance.net/gallery/42087519/Music-App

    2 points
  • Clay MacTavishClay MacTavish, 1 year ago

    I have yet to find anyone clearly define what brutalism is.

    1 point
    • Matthew O'ConnorMatthew O'Connor, 1 year ago

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      2 points
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

    https://tribe.pm/ . http://peach.cool/

    1 point
  • Tony Jones, 1 year ago

    This guy at my job has a website that is Brutalism like. Dr. Robins Pretty sure he is CIA also.

    1 point
  • Freckley FrecklesonFreckley Freckleson, 1 year ago

    Brutalism is over. Why not build something timeless?

    1 point
  • Victor MustarVictor Mustar, 1 year ago

    this one does a good job imo -> https://gomix.com/community/

    1 point
  • Brad McNallyBrad McNally, 1 year ago

    Does this count?

    http://www.slamjamsocialism.com/

    1 point
  • Jacqueline Matuszak, 1 year ago

    CollectUI has some nice examples. :) http://collectui.com/challenges/brutal-design

    0 points
    • Mikael StaerMikael Staer, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

      Not even close to Brutalism. This is just 90s graphic design

      This clash of electric colours, textures, shapes and overlays is much closer to something like Pop Art. Look! We've seen this clashing before, way back in the 70s and 80s: Wolfgang Weingart (New Wave, Swiss Punk style)

      And any website or app that is using mostly bare typography, limited colour palette, is not Brutalist, it is Modernist/Swiss, which sought to use the elements of graphic design in a pure, (as much as possible) unadorned fashion with a strict adherence to a grid, so the message could be as clear as possible.

      This is Brutalism: http://motherfuckingwebsite.com/ Meaning, it uses the raw materials of the medium it is created in, in this case basic, unstyled HTML elements.

      1 point
    • Mikael StaerMikael Staer, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

      Also see April Greiman, who was made famous in the 70s and 80s and was one of the pioneers of digital art. See the similarities to that CollectUI (and other) collections. I doubt anyone back then would have called that Brutalist. It's more like "Pop Electric Collage".

      1 point
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 1 year ago

    I never managed to understand the appeal of brutalism. It feels crude and of inferior quality, and I can certainly understand wanting to be practical and create a product that is functional above all else, but to put effort into trying to come up with such a design is beyond me.

    Would anyone care to weigh in?

    0 points
  • Charlie McCullochCharlie McCulloch, 1 year ago

    This style has nothing to do with brutalism. It would be better termed "aggressive" or "outsider" or some such because it's its defining characteristic is positioning itself as different from the norm.

    0 points
    • Jan Semler, 1 year ago

      I get you it is a term from architecture, but it is etablished in the digital design sphere so. Want some catchy in the title ;-)

      0 points
  • Alberto G. de la CruzAlberto G. de la Cruz, 1 year ago

    I believe Linked by Air has made some brutalist style apps. https://www.linkedbyair.net/projects/format/4-app

    0 points