Genius designers are obviously made, not born - that's the thought that's likely to pop into your head after scrolling through the popular subreddit Crappy Design. Here you can find the most artistically deprived and esthetically sinister design fails, which will have you wondering just how on Earth any of these product design ideas were allowed to get made.

Obviously, not everyone was meant to be an artistic virtuoso, but these epic fails are so 'out there' and impractical that it's hard not to judge them while rolling on the floor laughing. Here are the bad designs that we think are the most interesting and the funniest. So scroll down, upvote your favorite funny photos and let us know if you've seen designs worse than these! And in case you're still hungry for some funny fails from backward-handed designers, check out more of Bored Panda's lists here, here, here, here, and here.

#1

The Imperial System

The Imperial System

benedictjbreen Report

Foxxy 2 months ago

The metric system makes so much more sense, why the imperial system is still used is beyond me.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Wow

Wow

trinizze Report

Taxi_cabs 2 months ago

I mean, the sandwhich is right. She sounds like a total bitch.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Bored Panda reached out to Crappy Design’s community to learn a bit more about the subreddit. “The original motivation for the subreddit was to point out crappy 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 crappy design,” the subreddit’s moderators explained.

They also added that “the subreddit was created 8 years ago. Currently, there are 1.7 million subscribers with over 2 million page views per month. It is very popular.”

While looking through the pictures, some of us are sure to be thinking that we could have done a far better job designing these things than the people who made them. The ‘Crappy Design’ subreddit's members most likely think the same.

#3

Rose Uh ?

Rose Uh ?

Fauconwill Report

Toujin C'Thlu 2 months ago

Once again, a case of poor color choice. That bedspread looks more like homicide evidence.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

The Cat Just Trapped Me In The Bathroom By Opening A Drawer

The Cat Just Trapped Me In The Bathroom By Opening A Drawer

LaztheFox Report

Troux 2 months ago

This bathroom was designed by a cat.

View More Replies...
View more comments

According to researcher and author Don Norman, there are principles of good design which help people evaluate whether a product is a boon or a bust. For example, Norman believes all good designs are innovative and push the boundaries of what an object means to us. Naturally, well-designed objects also have to be useful, beautiful to look at, easy to understand and uncluttered in how they look.

#5

Sign At A Local Beach

Sign At A Local Beach

joefife Report

Aria FAFAT 2 months ago

...am i the only one who doesn't find anything wrong with dumping babies in bins on the beach? yes? ok then...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

My School Blocked A Website Because It Was Labeled As Education

My School Blocked A Website Because It Was Labeled As Education

comemosmonos Report

Eirik Johnsbråten 2 months ago

Now, we can't have any of that, can we?

View More Replies...
View more comments

Furthermore, Norman explains in his book ‘The Design of Everyday Things’ that good design means being honest and upfront about what the object does.

#7

Take My Honey

Take My Honey

mrq33 Report

Cassim_D 2 months ago

oh wasn't expecting that

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

The Circle Of Life

The Circle Of Life

LogicLost Report

Toujin C'Thlu 2 months ago

No wonder he looks pissed!

View more comments

Also, objects should be long-lasting, environmentally friendly, and well-designed to the tiniest detail. Finally, products shouldn’t be over-designed.

#9

Almost Broke My Leg

Almost Broke My Leg

Landash Report

similarly 2 months ago

Oh my goodness! There are so many things wrong here. If that's in the USA, it would not pass an inspection. They could get sued.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

Imagine Having To Wear This For Your Job

Imagine Having To Wear This For Your Job

sovietmetalhead Report

wandile dludlu 2 months ago

Spacing and font style is important kids

View More Replies...
View more comments

The Interaction Design Foundation explains that bad designs are overloaded with information and force the user to do more work than is necessary. Akshayta Rao writes that we all intuitively notice badly designed items but find it difficult to explain why good designs are, well, good. According to her, a well-known example of bad design would be USB cables. She’s right because we’ve all tried plugging them in the wrong way more than once. Some of us maybe even hundreds of times.

#11

...to Advertise Plus Size Clothing

...to Advertise Plus Size Clothing

reddit.com Report

Foxxy 2 months ago (edited)

That is just ridiculous advertising and certainly doesn’t entice me to want to shop there.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

A New Park Opened In My City, Pretty Lovely, And This. Buttcleaner3000

A New Park Opened In My City, Pretty Lovely, And This. Buttcleaner3000

XmeDavid Report

DP von Icecream 2 months ago

Nope that is just a very fancy Bidet ;-)

View More Replies...
View more comments

What do you think about these principles of good and bad design? Do you agree with them? Which things in this list of crappy designs do you think are the worst offenders? Let us know!

#13

I Bought A Billboard To Promote My Business And They Screwed Up The Formatting

I Bought A Billboard To Promote My Business And They Screwed Up The Formatting

bencahn Report

Drive Bee 2 months ago

Just you, watching the city.

View more comments
#14

Crystal Furniture Set That Looks Like Raw Meat

Crystal Furniture Set That Looks Like Raw Meat

reddit.com Report

Erika Jones 2 months ago

The sad thing is that all that ugliness was probably also insanely expensive!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

The Packaging Of Lol Dolls

The Packaging Of Lol Dolls

Nicoledhearted Report

nanashi 2 months ago

more proofs that we can stop littering, if only we stop blaming everything on the consumer and start policing the people who made these kind of crap

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

So Proud Of My Country

So Proud Of My Country

fague_doctor Report

Alice Penguilly 2 months ago

I see what you did there 😂

View more comments
#17

Wow. I Laughed When I Saw This!

Wow. I Laughed When I Saw This!

Report

Arno Nüüm 2 months ago

As they say: When life gives you lemons, make orange juice.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men's Change Room. Problem Solved

Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men's Change Room. Problem Solved

YonoJ Report

Brandy Grote 2 months ago

Facepalm

View more comments
#19

Don’t Wake Anybody Up If You’re Exiting The Motel During A Fire!

Don’t Wake Anybody Up If You’re Exiting The Motel During A Fire!

Coffee4MySoul Report

Suzanne Clark 2 months ago

Sort of like the snooze button on your alarm clock?...yes, I'll exit, just give me a couple of more minutes sleep.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Who Thought Of This?

Who Thought Of This?

Zvws Report

amandine vion 2 months ago

You can't be late if there's no time

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

This Resculpted Head Of Baby Jesus

This Resculpted Head Of Baby Jesus

reddit.com Report

Toujin C'Thlu 2 months ago

Even Mary is ashamed.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

I Normally Enjoy Irony, But Not This Time

I Normally Enjoy Irony, But Not This Time

fernguts Report

Rowlie 2 months ago

It is quality, just very low

View more comments
#23

My Original Post Was Removed Because Everyone Thought The Backpack Was Real. Here’s Another Angle That Shows That The Bag Is Part Of The Design And Is Blocking The Phone Number

My Original Post Was Removed Because Everyone Thought The Backpack Was Real. Here’s Another Angle That Shows That The Bag Is Part Of The Design And Is Blocking The Phone Number

watanabelover69 Report

Toujin C'Thlu 2 months ago

The water heater is rushing to remove the backpack

View more comments
#24

"I Don’t Know How Our Teachers Didn’t Notice This In The Yearbook. They Don’t Even Go To Our School."

"I Don’t Know How Our Teachers Didn’t Notice This In The Yearbook. They Don’t Even Go To Our School."

OctopussSevenTwo Report

Withnail 2 months ago

IKR, there's a fist growing out of her head!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

The Peas Are Upside Down...

The Peas Are Upside Down...

thegregorious Report

Troux 2 months ago

I'll have the M.C. Escher Platter, please!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

Me And My GF Were Struggling With This Maze We Got When Watching The Pikachu Movie. We Checked The Solution In The Back And They Draw Through A Wall

Me And My GF Were Struggling With This Maze We Got When Watching The Pikachu Movie. We Checked The Solution In The Back And They Draw Through A Wall

amuehleder Report

Jonathon Smith 2 months ago

Infuriating! I hated puzzle books that were wrong as a kid, it felt like such a betrayal

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

This Pillow At My Grandparents House

This Pillow At My Grandparents House

_smoofie_ Report

Alice Penguilly 2 months ago

That is probably the most inspiring quote i've come acrossed since a while.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Hood On vs. Hood Off

Hood On vs. Hood Off

m_delacour Report

#29

Let's Go Paperless

Let's Go Paperless

Drunkyjimmybob Report

tuzdayschild 2 months ago

Startingggg...now!

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#30

Cozy Seats In Belgium

Cozy Seats In Belgium

Koekoeksklok88 Report

Slinkman 2 months ago

The 'garbench' (only human pieces of trash may sit here).

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

This Bread Packaging That Makes It Look Like It Is Moldy

This Bread Packaging That Makes It Look Like It Is Moldy

chmiiller Report

Troux 2 months ago

This is actually a brilliant design if you are trying to protect your lunch in the work refrigerator.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

When You Get Lost Thanks To Google Assistant

When You Get Lost Thanks To Google Assistant

alex2003super Report

imontape 2 months ago

Haha this is funny

View more comments
#33

Reason Why You Should Be Careful In Using Such Type Of Chair. You Need To Make Sure You Got A Good Quality

Reason Why You Should Be Careful In Using Such Type Of Chair. You Need To Make Sure You Got A Good Quality

FiazAhmadOfficial Report

Troux 2 months ago

"My chair just broke, but not as much as I have..."

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

Motivational Poster At Work

Motivational Poster At Work

FriarTuckeredOut Report

Toujin C'Thlu 2 months ago

How to tell if a designer is disgruntled.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

No, I Don't Think I Will

No, I Don't Think I Will

_Kadmus Report

Mark 2 months ago

Mr Hankey

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

Laughed A Latte At This

Laughed A Latte At This

reddit.com Report

Troux 2 months ago

I wonder if they sell the civet-digested coffee from SE Asia!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

Totally-Nailed-It

Totally-Nailed-It

Report

Suzanne Clark 2 months ago

It looks like it took a lot of effort to do something that stupid, unless of course, they only need the solar power during the winter when the trees are bare...unless the trees don't get bare.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

Went To Go To The Bathroom At A Local Restaurant And Found A Literal “Crappy Design”

Went To Go To The Bathroom At A Local Restaurant And Found A Literal “Crappy Design”

FritoMatt Report

Toujin C'Thlu 2 months ago

Why do they always have to choose that color for bathrooms?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#39

Worst Placement

Worst Placement

Bulking_Bad Report

Toujin C'Thlu 2 months ago

Judging by his reaction, people didn't seem to take it too seriously and think he was a pedophile.

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#40

Ah Thats What I Want My Toilet To Look Like. Like Someone Peed All Over It

Ah Thats What I Want My Toilet To Look Like. Like Someone Peed All Over It

dawidoxus Report

miaow 2 months ago

WWhat kind of a toilet seat?! Alright whose the joker that created this? xD

View More Replies...
View more comments
#41

“Lets Just Make Our Plates Look Like They Haven’t Been Washed In 4 Years”

“Lets Just Make Our Plates Look Like They Haven’t Been Washed In 4 Years”

reddit.com Report

Mark 2 months ago

Or double as an ashtray

View more comments
#42

2nd Birthday Badge Potentially A Choking Hazard

2nd Birthday Badge Potentially A Choking Hazard

Mozzarella_Firefox Report

Neon Petra 2 months ago

Oh the irony

View more comments
#43

Accidental Comedy 

Accidental Comedy 

audhubillah Report

Rowlie 2 months ago

You just need to find someone with a STRA THI pair

View More Replies...
View more comments
#44

Hungary 101

Hungary 101

xXGRUGOXx Report

tuzdayschild 2 months ago

You can always tell when one takes pride in their work.

View more comments
#45

Not Really “Crappy” But Still

Not Really “Crappy” But Still

AlfredKC Report

Suzanne Clark 2 months ago

I can't imagine on what planet the designer thought that would be appropriate.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#46

Why Is The Ocean Filling Up With Plastic?

Why Is The Ocean Filling Up With Plastic?

Ac_50 Report

Bored Alchemist 2 months ago

I don't get why they use unesscessay plastic like this

View More Replies...
View more comments
#47

The Way They Cut The Carpet To Make This Door Open Instead Of Just Cutting The Door. (Found In Basement Of Newly Bought House)

The Way They Cut The Carpet To Make This Door Open Instead Of Just Cutting The Door. (Found In Basement Of Newly Bought House)

mattrowskayaks Report

Troux 2 months ago

Note to self: Call carpet installer BEFORE door installer.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#48

How... How Are You Supposed To Sleep With A Light In Your Face?

How... How Are You Supposed To Sleep With A Light In Your Face?

AGenericGuyNamedSeth Report

Chyppa Homer 2 months ago

Just put a brick on it. Problem solved.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#49

Hey, Look!

Hey, Look!

FBImen360India Report

Toujin C'Thlu 2 months ago

There's a helicopter picture floating in the air!

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#50

Fashion Is Evolving

Fashion Is Evolving

girolski07 Report

Rose the Cook 2 months ago

XXXX short shorts?

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 133 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.