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.
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.
I appreciate some folks don’t like kids but the food options for this wedding are a bit too drastic, don’t you think?
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.
Sorry kids, but no one’s betting on this little league team.
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.
This design fail is a little hard to believe, but I hope their trip to Aaris was nothing short of magical.
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.
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.
Personally, I too would appreciate a cigarette before pending doom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve all seen bad Disney ripoffs, but this funny design fail occurred because of some unfortunate cutting. Bibbidy, bobbidy, botched!
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.
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!