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

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Drew
Community Member
1 year ago

And wallies here in the UK get upset about efforts to convert to metric 😩

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#2

Wow

Wow

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SmittenKitten
Community Member
1 year ago

At least make it clear that it actually says the right thing

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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 ?

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#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

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

At least you were trapped IN the bathroom and not OUT of the bathroom--you can never tell how long it's going to take to resolve that sort of problem.

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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

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Aria FAFAT
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#6

My School Blocked A Website Because It Was Labeled As Education

My School Blocked A Website Because It Was Labeled As Education

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Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
1 year ago

My job's webpage is blcked from our own computers, it's labeled as "entertainment,". I work at a tv station... smh

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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

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

"Honey honey, let me feel it, ah-hah, honey honey"

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#8

The Circle Of Life

The Circle Of Life

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

No wonder he looks pissed!

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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

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Ha ha.

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#10

Imagine Having To Wear This For Your Job

Imagine Having To Wear This For Your Job

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

Kerning is vital.

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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

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Toujin C'Thlu
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1 year ago

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#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

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

That bench looks shopped on this. Like it's floating.

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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

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Drive Bee
Community Member
1 year ago

Just you, watching the city.

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#14

Crystal Furniture Set That Looks Like Raw Meat

Crystal Furniture Set That Looks Like Raw Meat

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

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Hey... if you're hungry you could always lick the table...

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#15

The Packaging Of Lol Dolls

The Packaging Of Lol Dolls

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Love the environment.

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#16

So Proud Of My Country

So Proud Of My Country

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Lucinda Overhoussen
Community Member
1 year ago

What is that ?

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#17

Wow. I Laughed When I Saw This!

Wow. I Laughed When I Saw This!

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McQueen
Community Member
1 year ago

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade - not orange juice.

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#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

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

Facepalm

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#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!

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Sadly, there are people who are going to complain about fires and fire alarms interrupting their beauty sleep.

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#20

Who Thought Of This?

Who Thought Of This?

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a game. You have to guess the time.

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#21

This Resculpted Head Of Baby Jesus

This Resculpted Head Of Baby Jesus

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Even Mary is ashamed.

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#22

I Normally Enjoy Irony, But Not This Time

I Normally Enjoy Irony, But Not This Time

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miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

This happened to my fave mug recently, I still used it handleless through piping hot and lukewarm.. Until my mama actually went and bought me a new one, I can't say I'm used to the handle now LOL

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#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

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

The water heater is rushing to remove the backpack

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#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."

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SmittenKitten
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m confused with the title, but the picture was funny 😄

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#25

The Peas Are Upside Down...

The Peas Are Upside Down...

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

It's like one of those optical illusions

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#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

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Detective Pikachu is trying to figure out how that happened.

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#27

This Pillow At My Grandparents House

This Pillow At My Grandparents House

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miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

My favorite shirt says Wine Inn and it has a beautiful illustration of a bicycle so ¯\_㋡_/¯

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#28

Hood On vs. Hood Off

Hood On vs. Hood Off

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Drive Bee
Community Member
1 year ago

omg

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#29

Let's Go Paperless

Let's Go Paperless

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

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#30

Cozy Seats In Belgium

Cozy Seats In Belgium

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 year ago

Yuck!

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#31

This Bread Packaging That Makes It Look Like It Is Moldy

This Bread Packaging That Makes It Look Like It Is Moldy

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#32

When You Get Lost Thanks To Google Assistant

When You Get Lost Thanks To Google Assistant

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Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

So much for AI!!!!

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#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

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Where did all that water come from?

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#34

Motivational Poster At Work

Motivational Poster At Work

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

How to tell if a designer is disgruntled.

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#35

No, I Don't Think I Will

No, I Don't Think I Will

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Jonathon Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought it would be hard to find a more uncanny mascot than CGI sonic, but the internet has not let me down

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#36

Laughed A Latte At This

Laughed A Latte At This

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#37

Totally-Nailed-It

Totally-Nailed-It

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year 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.

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#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”

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#39

Worst Placement

Worst Placement

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#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

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

How would you know if it was pee or the design?

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#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”

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

Or double as an ashtray

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#42

2nd Birthday Badge Potentially A Choking Hazard

2nd Birthday Badge Potentially A Choking Hazard

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh the irony

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#43

Accidental Comedy 

Accidental Comedy 

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miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

If they only added an A, it would be Anger Ngs

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#44

Hungary 101

Hungary 101

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
1 year ago

*JPG file corruption detected*

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#45

Not Really “Crappy” But Still

Not Really “Crappy” But Still

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#46

Why Is The Ocean Filling Up With Plastic?

Why Is The Ocean Filling Up With Plastic?

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Bored Alchemist
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#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)

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

Note to self: Call carpet installer BEFORE door installer.

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#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?

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
1 year ago

Just put a brick on it. Problem solved.

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#49

Hey, Look!

Hey, Look!

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

There's a helicopter picture floating in the air!

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#50

Fashion Is Evolving

Fashion Is Evolving

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

I knew it would come to this.

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