Internet’s 10 most beautiful atrocities


Pascal Deville is founder of Brutalist Websites, a site dedicated to the most frustrating design on the web. The site takes its name from the controversial architectural movement Brutalism. To some, Brutalist buildings are poetry in concrete; to others, they’re chilly monoliths. Web design, Deville argues, has a similar dichotomy. Here’s how he describes a Brutalist website:

“In its ruggedness and lack of concern to look comfortable or easy, Brutalism can be seen as a reaction by a younger generation to the lightness, optimism, and frivolity of today’s web design.”

“Calling something ugly is based upon someone’s taste and has to be seen in context of what’s around,” Deville says. “In terms of web design, ‘Brutalism’ can be described as a movement of designers and developers trying not to hide behind an ever-beautiful surface, but to show truth and honesty in their craft instead.” Deville has a point. Many of the complex, polished websites you see today belie messy back-ends filled with work-around code. With Brutalist sites, what you see is what you get: Basic code expressed with an equally basic design.

We asked Deville to share his 10 favorite Brutalist websites.

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