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DanicaSep 09, 2020
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25 Epic Design Fails That Made Bad Design History

A good picture is worth a thousand words, but some of these hilarious design fails are so hard to believe they might leave you speechless!

Are you a small business owner thinking about DIY design? Then you need to see this. There’s a reason people spend years studying things like interior or graphic design: there’s really a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Whether it’s the poor placement of text, lack of consideration for the end-user, or simply a severe lack of aesthetic quality, bad design can prevent you from sending the right message and even seriously harm your business.

But don’t take my word for it! Just take a look at these terrible real-life examples.

Word crimes

Do you know the difference between fonts and typefaces? Have you ever heard of kerning? These are just some of the things a good graphic designer might take into consideration when adding text to your designs.

Here are just a few funny examples of designs failing to deliver the right message.

1.This scary wedding menu

I appreciate some folks don’t like kids but the food options for this wedding are a bit too drastic, don’t you think?

wedding menu design fail Siggy778 via Reddit

2. Boy syrup

At first, you may think the name of the product itself isn’t great, however, what helped this example make bad design history is bad punctuation. The poorly placed exclamation mark turns what should have been an expression of delight into “boy syrup”, something you probably wouldn’t want on your pancakes.

boy syrup design fail.png Walmart

3. This crappy design

Sorry kids, but no one’s betting on this little league team.

t shirt design fail.jpg Bored Panda

4. Christmas lights designed by Grinch

For those who are fed up with traditional holiday cheer, but still want to embrace the festivity in their own way. This is one of the more famous design fails that shows the importance of choosing the right font and spacing letters properly.

kerning design fail.jpg Pinterest

5. The city of… light?

This design fail is a little hard to believe, but I hope their trip to Aaris was nothing short of magical.

aaris deisgn fail.png Bright Side

6. Fashion fart

To be frank, fashion fart would be a good term for when you just throw on whatever you can find. Although, laundry day couture might sound a bit more sophisticated.

fashion fart design fail (2).jpg TheGelato1251 via Reddit

7. Happy birthday Boby!

Modern families have their own ways of doing things and come in all shapes and sizes. But when it comes to love, morriage and boby, they must always come in that order.

love morriage boby design fail.jpg redsox1524 via Reddit

8. No thanks to this cruise

Personally, I too would appreciate a cigarette before pending doom.

ship design fail.jpg Bored Panda

9. The word click is problematic

This is just one of the tons of funny design fails that involve the word click. You might get away with it on a small label, but as a huge sign outside your shop, it makes for a pretty poor design choice.

click lovers design fail.jpg The Logo Creative

Design fails that are not user friendly

The goal of good design isn’t simply to be aesthetically pleasing—it’s also to serve a certain purpose. We can all have a good laugh at funny design fails, but coping with bad design in real life can be extremely frustrating.

10. Kids live in tight-knit communities

Put down your sandwich for a second and cheer on your pal doing a number two right next to you. Don’t worry, it’s sectioned off so they have some privacy.

toilet design fail.jpg Bored Panda

11. Hand dryers for mother and child

Or try it out with a friend who’s shorter or taller than you! Jokes aside, with this one you may be able to see the good intention (designing for children or shorter people), but the execution simply doesn’t make sense.

hand dryers design fail.jpg Bored Panda

12. Mirror ceilings you really don’t need

I don’t think mirror ceilings are ever a good idea, but this one is next level. It’s one of the funniest design fails for sure, but imagine the horror of walking into that bathroom stall and seeing people on the other end.

mirror ceilings design fail.jpg Just Post

Mixed messages

If you’re looking to plan your meals and calorie intake, don’t bother. Also, this brings back memories of my mom making me share everything with my sisters. No thanks, mom.

packaging design fail.jpg Pinterest

14. A secret ingredient?

Visual coherence is super important for good small business branding, but not at the expense of user-friendliness. Some examples make for funny design fails, but this one is also pretty dangerous. Imagine these two cans sitting on your grandma’s kitchen counter. Yikes!

cans design fail.jpg Bored Panda

15. Get me out of here!

Seriously, you had one job. I’m not even sure how a simple display can end up looking this complicated, but I sure wouldn’t like to get stuck in this nightmare of an elevator.

elevator display design fail.jpg Bored Panda

16. You can’t be everything at once

Would you rather hold a used toilet brush or a plunger? Yeah, me neither. The road to hell truly is paved with good intentions, and this unfortunate bathroom utensil proves it.

ikea design fail.jpg Bored Panda

17. Impossible wheelchair escape route

It’s not funny how many times people have made poor design choices when providing access to wheelchair users. This one planned as far as getting people out of the building in case of an emergency, but not exactly how the eventual escape would end.

wheelchair ramp design fail.jpg Bored Panda

18. Hiring Mr. Bean as your UX designer

This is definitely one of the worst design fails from the realm of UX design. We’ve all been guilty of complicating things unnecessarily, but it’s really hard to believe that anyone could think this was a good way to add phone numbers.

ux design fail.jpg aiden66 via Reddit

The ugliest and funniest design fails

Sometimes a design fulfills the intended purpose and delivers the right message (in writing at least). However, context is everything, so even the most well-meaning of ideas can turn into epic design fails.

19. The “I didn’t know I was pregnant” test

Honey, I thought it was just the holiday weight, but turns out I have some great news! This advert is so bad that it’s kind of cute. But again, if you were hoping to become a parent, you’d probably find it horribly unprofessional and turn to a different product.

Explodinator580 via Reddit

20. Gay lions

This Noah’s ark illustration has made bad design history and, although I like the idea of these two out and proud living their best life on Noah’s ark, it really shows you need to choose your graphic designer carefully.

noah-s ark design fail.jpg TKZoroSantoryu via Reddit

21.Poorly placed advert

You can plan everything and come up with great design and copy, but the harsh reality is that even then you might end up with an epic design fail. That’s why you need a graphic designer who will take into consideration how your designs will be used across the board.

specsavers design fail.jpg GallowBoob via Reddit

22. That’s not how you use a selfie stick

A word of advice: anyone designing your marketing materials should have a good understanding of what your service or product is and how it works. Whoever designed the advert for this selfie stick has clearly never used one.

selfie stick design fail (1).jpg Design Host

23. The Minion from hell

Oh look, a cute minion shampoo that’s strawberry-scented! Except that after you use it, a red liquid starts to ooze out of the character’s eyes and your cute minion becomes a maniac on a killing spree.

minion design fail.jpg Bored Panda

24. Disney in distress

We’ve all seen bad Disney ripoffs, but this funny design fail occurred because of some unfortunate cutting. Bibbidy, bobbidy, botched!

disney design fail (1).jpg Bored Panda

25. A man designed this pool float

When social media is trending with photos of people on cute floats shaped like flamingos, unicorns or swans, dare to be different with this giant sanitary pad! I’m all about normalizing menstruation, but this example makes me cringe.

pool float design fail (1).jpg Jillian David via Twitter

Don’t be the butt of the joke—design with us!

We hope you enjoyed our list of some of the funniest design fails. If you need stress relief, just google design fails and you’ll be scrolling and chuckling for hours.

But before you point the finger at someone else, make sure you aren’t guilty of some of these common design mistakes small businesses make. If you spot an area that needs improvement, the graphic designers at ManyPixels are here to help!

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