Here's what our favorite apps might have looked like in an alternate, brutalist reality


As far as contemporary app design goes, we as species have much to be thankful for. The successful dodging of the "brutalism" bullet is something that's making our daily interactions with our smartphone mostly a pleasant endeavor, thanks to the minimalism of iOS and Google's Material Design looks. Both look modern, fresh, and are as appealing as they come.

Brutalist design is the polar opposite: taking cues from the raw concrete architecture style that was predominant in the post-WWII era, most notably in the Soviet Union and the countries of the Eastern Bloc, brutalism aims to establish authoritarian respect and quench the individual's optimism and light-heartedness. Often deemed "ugly", brutalist design is an enduring reminder of the Cold War period and its raw, unappealing aesthetics that have little to no place in the 21st century.

But what if brutalism endured and became the norm for the interfaces of our smartphones? What would such an alternate reality look like? Graphic Designer Pierre Buttin took it to himself to reimagine some of the most popular apps in a brutalist style.


source: Pierre Buttin via TheVerge

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9 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This article isn't even humorous

2. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Wasn't meant to be.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Am I the only one who laughed at Facebook's "brutal" version...? I mean; "HaHa" instead of an Emoji...?! That was hilarious...! But then again, I'm a "hearty" old fellow...! G'Day!

3. Kaloyan.C

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Is it weird that I love every single one of those?

4. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Yes you are weird.

5. Kaloyan.C

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Good to know, thanks!

7. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I don't seem to have any sort of fondness for circular people icons...

8. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Anybody gonna make a substratum theme for this?

10. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I'm glad Mother Russia never conquered 'Murica. 'Murica RULES, Mother Russia is lame. LoL the design is ugly AF.

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