An odd little “spot the incorrect design element” game that I… am actually disturbingly good at, apparently.
As someone who has both a deaf husband and a deaf father, over-loud restaurants are 100% an accessibility issue1 and the fact that sound-amplifying designs intentionally propagate because they’re aesthetically “trendy” is Ableism In Action 101.
- In fact, my husband realized he was deaf when we were having a conversation in a very loud restaurant and he couldn’t follow it. It became the triggering incident that caused him to get tested. [↩]
I live in a city with quite a lot of Brutalist architecture and I passionately hate it.1 So is it, like, hypocritical or whatever that I actually really kinda like the Brutalist trend in webdesign? Or is that just a sign that I’m old and nostalgic for the heyday of Geocities aesthetic?
Probably the latter, let’s be real.
For the record, my Tumblr layout is Brutalist-inspired (monospaced fonts!). But, like. More pastel. Pastel Brutalist. Pastelist!
- It’s ugly! It’s alienating! Why does anyone think this sort of thing is acceptable? [↩]
(These are, incidentally, designed to be viewed in Chrome. Looking at them in something else, e.g. whatever Internet Explorer is called nowadays, is interesting in the sense that it shows some of the “seams”. It’s incredible work either way.)