Designing a product, ad, or building is far more difficult of a challenge than you might think. Sure, you could argue that human beings are instinctively artistic and love aesthetics, but the sad truth is that there are far (far!) too many design fails out there. I’m not going to lie, sometimes they keep me awake at night. Thinking about them is both hilarious and terrifying at the same time. And the most powerful pics tend to haunt you for weeks and sometimes months at a time. Good design, why are you so rare?

One of the best places to find some outstanding examples of double-plus-ungood designs is this subreddit right here which shames and pokes fun at them for our amusement. Have a look through some of the best (worst?) design disasters that they featured recently. Remember to upvote the ones that you loved to hate the most and I’d absolutely love to hear which of these were your (least) favorite!

Pssst, Pandas, we know how much you love looking at epic design fails and aesthetic apocalypses, so we cordially invite you to check out Bored Panda’s earlier posts about them after you’re done enjoying and criticizing this list. You’ll find the articles here, here, and here.

#1

Gas Station In Nebraska. The Station's Color Scheme Was Red. They Tried To Get Artsy

Gas Station In Nebraska. The Station's Color Scheme Was Red. They Tried To Get Artsy

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James016
Community Member
8 months ago

Dexter's gas station

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#2

The New School In My Community Has A Wheel Chair Access Button For The Door, But No Way For A Person In A Wheel Chair To Reach It

The New School In My Community Has A Wheel Chair Access Button For The Door, But No Way For A Person In A Wheel Chair To Reach It

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
8 months ago

Inaccessible design is so common and it wouldn't take much thought to change it

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#3

Lex? Derp? Lox? Nope, It's Supposed To Say Jax For Jacksonville, Florida For $18 Million Dollars

Lex? Derp? Lox? Nope, It's Supposed To Say Jax For Jacksonville, Florida For $18 Million Dollars

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
8 months ago

Jax wouldn't have even been in my top 10 guesses

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The subreddit that makes fun of bad designs is a goliath on Reddit with a whopping 2.6 million members. The online group has been active since January 2011 and has become a true pillar of design discussion online, ranging from the silly and fun to the in-depth and serious.

Over the last two years alone, the subreddit grew by nearly a million members from 1.7 million adoring fans. Back then, they were getting 2 million page views per month. That’s proof enough of their popularity.

#4

Great Image To Help Your Kid Not Freak Out While Getting A Haircut

Great Image To Help Your Kid Not Freak Out While Getting A Haircut

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2WheelTravlr
Community Member
8 months ago

That picture is terrifying on all levels.

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#5

Women's Jeans, I Want The Rest Of My Pocket

Women's Jeans, I Want The Rest Of My Pocket

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Adam C
Community Member
8 months ago

Jeans by Boeing: We give you the whole pocket but you have to pay extra to unlock it.

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#6

Striped Carpet On Hotel Stairs. Hard To Use Even After Two Weeks And Completly Sober

Striped Carpet On Hotel Stairs. Hard To Use Even After Two Weeks And Completly Sober

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cugel
Community Member
8 months ago

I just fell over just looking at it.

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I previously spoke to a member of the subreddit’s moderator team to learn a bit more about their community. One of the mods told me previously that the “original motivation” of the subreddit was to “point out” horrible designs.

“Nowadays, most subscribers probably come here for entertainment. However, it is common to have meaningful discussion here on why or why not something is [bad] design,” the mod told Bored Panda.

#7

The Placement Of This Baby's Head Wasn't Quite Thought Through

The Placement Of This Baby's Head Wasn't Quite Thought Through

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
8 months ago

Blob fish baby

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#8

Best Cat Carrier To Contain Your Sexy Cat

Best Cat Carrier To Contain Your Sexy Cat

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
8 months ago

Just why?

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#9

Not Where Earphones Go

Not Where Earphones Go

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beastmachine.
Community Member
8 months ago

Just like cartoon bunnies

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We might intuitively understand what good design is, however, it’s a real challenge to get the design just right. It’s not just about beauty or function, however (though these are vital, too!). The idea of good design goes deeper still.

For instance, researcher Don Norman believes that the essence of design is… communication. “Design is really an act of communication, which means having a deep understanding of the person with whom the designer is communicating,” he writes in ‘The Design of Everyday Things.’

#10

Pet Clippers That Let You Pull Naked Dogs Out Of Furry Behinds

Pet Clippers That Let You Pull Naked Dogs Out Of Furry Behinds

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
8 months ago

Malfunction in transporter #3

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#11

This Bench. Where I Live It Is Very Hot And It Is Impossible To Sit In This Park

This Bench. Where I Live It Is Very Hot And It Is Impossible To Sit In This Park

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troufaki13
Community Member
8 months ago

But you can use it to fry eggs and grill some steak. Perfect for a picnic in the park.

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#12

Why Is Clear A Green Button While Enter Is Yellow? I Kept Accidentally Clearing My Pin

Why Is Clear A Green Button While Enter Is Yellow? I Kept Accidentally Clearing My Pin

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

AAAH that would drive me CRAZY

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According to Norman, design doesn’t have to be complicated. He argues that usability is just as important as aesthetics. Or, in other words, the product has to be functional and useful, not just a pretty thing to look at.

Norman explains that product design cannot ignore the needs of users. In the book, he argues that good, usable design is entirely possible, not just a dream conjured up by idealists.

“The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time,” he writes that some products are able to satisfy customers’ needs while others only end up frustrating them.

#13

This Sign At The Akron Zoo That Looks Like A Man Peeing In His Own Face

This Sign At The Akron Zoo That Looks Like A Man Peeing In His Own Face

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
8 months ago

"Don't pee against the wind"

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#14

Rénovations Done To A 500 Years Old Tower

Rénovations Done To A 500 Years Old Tower

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
8 months ago

Seen this one before. This is the only design the council approved after years of fighting and rejecting many much more sympathetic ideas. It's an episode of George Clarke's Restoration Man

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#15

They Just Don't Go Together

They Just Don't Go Together

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
8 months ago

The concept of jigsaw puzzles apparently eluded the designer of this one.

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#16

Easy Way To Piss Off A Mailman

Easy Way To Piss Off A Mailman

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housea
Community Member
8 months ago

A, C, D, L and then on to the next one

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#17

A Speed Bump On An Downhill Slope With No Drainage?

A Speed Bump On An Downhill Slope With No Drainage?

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2WheelTravlr
Community Member
8 months ago

Automotive steeplechase?

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#18

This Is Not Vitamin D; It's An Emoji On A Bottle Of Magnesium

This Is Not Vitamin D; It's An Emoji On A Bottle Of Magnesium

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Tristan J
Community Member
8 months ago

Technically, it's an emoticon, not an emoji :D

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#19

If You Say So!

If You Say So!

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Laura Mende (Human)
Community Member
8 months ago

So that's why they call it a HIGH way! (I see myself out)

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#20

Her Face Is Not Ok

Her Face Is Not Ok

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
8 months ago

oh no. She had a stroke

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#21

The Sign Says "Teaching Kids Good Manners", But It Looks Like You're Just Yeeting The Baby Into Trash

The Sign Says "Teaching Kids Good Manners", But It Looks Like You're Just Yeeting The Baby Into Trash

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

YEET

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#22

Got This As A Gift And Honestly I Don't Want To Throw It Away Just Because It's Terribly Funny

Got This As A Gift And Honestly I Don't Want To Throw It Away Just Because It's Terribly Funny

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DM
Community Member
8 months ago

Ok, I will make the a$$ of myself. What am I missing? I don’t get it?

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#23

Thought It Was A Different Language At First

Thought It Was A Different Language At First

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hyperunknown
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

It's a feature of Microsoft Word. Obviously. Let me elaborate: https://i.kym-cdn.co...809/345/144.jpg

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#24

This Unfortunate Placement Of A Handle

This Unfortunate Placement Of A Handle

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Caro Caro
Community Member
8 months ago

Hitlers sister.

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#25

The Marbling In These Floor Tiles Makes It Look Like Someone Pooped All Over The Floor

The Marbling In These Floor Tiles Makes It Look Like Someone Pooped All Over The Floor

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Nixxy
Community Member
8 months ago

Are you sure that is not the case here?

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#26

Sure, Place An Ad With A Guy Drinking Water Next To Rubbing Alcohol Of The Same Brand

Sure, Place An Ad With A Guy Drinking Water Next To Rubbing Alcohol Of The Same Brand

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I I
Community Member
8 months ago

covid cure ?

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#27

They Sell Suitcase Covers.. But The Photoshop Is Just Awful

They Sell Suitcase Covers.. But The Photoshop Is Just Awful

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
8 months ago

It's a portal to another dimension, two-dimension.

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#28

Maybe I Shouldn't Park Here

Maybe I Shouldn't Park Here

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Vicky Z
Community Member
8 months ago

I can bet that if that was in my country you would definitely see parked cars

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#29

Much More Convenient!

Much More Convenient!

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beastmachine.
Community Member
8 months ago

That's stupid overthinking

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#30

Is This Andre The Giant’s Treadmill?

Is This Andre The Giant’s Treadmill?

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

Its not a giant treadmill, its just a tiny person!

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#31

Practical Bathroom

Practical Bathroom

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
8 months ago

So the sink is downstairs? the bath in some sort of weird glass upstairs nook and the toilet in the cubby beneath? Wow

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#32

How On Earth Can The Overpass Be Flooded?!

How On Earth Can The Overpass Be Flooded?!

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DM
Community Member
8 months ago

Poor drainage at best

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#33

Restaurant Bathroom: One Mirror Panel On Top, One On The Bottom...no Way To See Myself In Between

Restaurant Bathroom: One Mirror Panel On Top, One On The Bottom...no Way To See Myself In Between

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
8 months ago

When you want to take a selfie and remain anonymous.

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#34

This Amazon Photo Where The Kids Don't Even Look At The Toys

This Amazon Photo Where The Kids Don't Even Look At The Toys

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Nixxy
Community Member
8 months ago

And the toys are supersized!

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#35

Welcome Shorpers

Welcome Shorpers

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
8 months ago

Pirate shopping center. Arrrgh, shorpers, ye come in and purcharse something, ay.

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#36

Don’t Have Hep C? Get Some!

Don’t Have Hep C? Get Some!

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
8 months ago

It took me a long time to see hep-cured

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#37

This Frozen 2 Temporary Tattoo Is Supposed To Say "Face Your Fear", But The First Two Words Are Written In An Orange-Ish Color

This Frozen 2 Temporary Tattoo Is Supposed To Say "Face Your Fear", But The First Two Words Are Written In An Orange-Ish Color

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beastmachine.
Community Member
8 months ago

I am fear

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#38

This Shirt That Looks Like It’s Covered In Coffee Stains

This Shirt That Looks Like It’s Covered In Coffee Stains

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beastmachine.
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh this is perfect excuse shirt for Monday mornings when you drop coffee hastily

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#39

He's Either Sucking On Her Head, Or He Is A Raccoon Cap... Not Sure Which Disturbs Anymore

He's Either Sucking On Her Head, Or He Is A Raccoon Cap... Not Sure Which Disturbs Anymore

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Delta the hybrid
Community Member
8 months ago

Wait, that's messed up...

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#40

The Balcony Of My Hotel In Switzerland Is Only Accessible Through The Window

The Balcony Of My Hotel In Switzerland Is Only Accessible Through The Window

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beastmachine.
Community Member
8 months ago

It looks absolutely beautiful tbh

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#41

This Tea Will Change Your Image Size Ratio!

This Tea Will Change Your Image Size Ratio!

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Sabse
Community Member
8 months ago

Even your brain will vanish

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#42

The Design Of This Pillowcase Makes It Look Like There Are Bugs Crawling On It

The Design Of This Pillowcase Makes It Look Like There Are Bugs Crawling On It

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Ellen Brown
Community Member
8 months ago

And you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between real bugs

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#43

This Hose Cart Creates Water From Thin Air

This Hose Cart Creates Water From Thin Air

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DM
Community Member
8 months ago

We’ve figured out our solution to severe draughts and wildfires in North America!

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#44

Nev York

Nev York

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beastmachine.
Community Member
8 months ago

Yup I am from Nevv York, the one besides New York

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#45

Outdoor Tables With Rough Surfaces

Outdoor Tables With Rough Surfaces

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beastmachine.
Community Member
8 months ago

Not suitable for indoors either

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#46

The Shower In My Dorm Freshman Year (I'm Only 5'7)

The Shower In My Dorm Freshman Year (I'm Only 5'7)

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DM
Community Member
8 months ago

Get your workout it, squats.

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#47

Hedge Archway In The Neighborhood

Hedge Archway In The Neighborhood

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80 Van
Community Member
8 months ago

M.C. Hammer’s house.

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#48

A Very Easy To Read Graph About Texting While Driving? Found In My High School Yearbook

A Very Easy To Read Graph About Texting While Driving? Found In My High School Yearbook

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
8 months ago

Wha- How am i supposed to respond to either?

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#49

Is This Cake Like Deadpool?

Is This Cake Like Deadpool?

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2WheelTravlr
Community Member
8 months ago

Mmmmmmm, constantly regenerating cake, my favorite!

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#50

In A Friend's Wedding Goodie Bag

In A Friend's Wedding Goodie Bag

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beastmachine.
Community Member
8 months ago

How do you exactly shite a question?

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