Good design is effective and efficient in fulfilling its purpose. But so many solutions fall out of this category. Many, in fact, cause more problems than they solve. And they can be quite entertaining.

So let's take a look at the Instagram account that calls itself "the largest collection of C.R.A.P design" on the platform.

The people behind it decipher the acronym as contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity. Let's see if we can find these things in the pictures they share.

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#1

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday

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love u
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

lmao i actually love this where can i buy one

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That’s How I Count Too, 1, 2, Cox, For

That’s How I Count Too, 1, 2, Cox, For

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There can be so many reasons why a product fails. Sam Gwilt, who is a London-based industrial designer and product visualizer and also runs an Instagram and YouTube channel called Sam Does Design, told Bored Panda about the challenges that lurk along the way for one of our earlier pieces on the subject.

First of all, there's lots of sketching. "From research to concept, to refinement, to manufacturing, designing a product is an iterative process that can take years," Gwilt then said.

#3

I Like How They Handled This Toilet Door Design

I Like How They Handled This Toilet Door Design

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#4

Living On The Edge

Living On The Edge

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#5

No One Likes Being The Butt Of The Joke

No One Likes Being The Butt Of The Joke

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LuckyL
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one is funny!! And not bad at all, it does exactly what it's intended for.

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"It's important to understand what the markets and mindsets of customers will be like in the next few years (when the product launches)."

"Once a brief has been set, it's time to design multiple concepts to find the right solution. Sketching, scribbles, and CAD modeling are all useful to refine designs," Gwilt explained.

"Each solution will be prototyped to analyze ergonomics and assembly, usually starting with rough card models, progressing to 3D prints, and then finally to full industrial tooling."

#6

Fixed It

Fixed It

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LuckyL
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's a genius design, when the 420 sign get's stolen a lot. But on the other hand, this one is so special, maybe it doesn't change anything.

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#7

The Crugg. Ugg X Croc X Toe Shoe. The Ugliest Shoe On The Internet

The Crugg. Ugg X Croc X Toe Shoe. The Ugliest Shoe On The Internet

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love u
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i like crocs (i swim competitively) and even to me these are absolutely the most disgusting thing i have seen this week

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#8

Game Of Throne Brushes

Game Of Throne Brushes

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Trying to determine whether or not a particular design is good, many turn to Dieter Rams and his '10 commandments.'

According to the German design legend, good design is innovative, makes a product useful, is aesthetic, makes a product understandable, is unobtrusive, is honest, is long-lasting, is thorough down to the last detail, is environmentally friendly, and involves as little design as possible.

#9

The Lion, The Sausage And The Bananas?

The Lion, The Sausage And The Bananas?

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Seamless

Seamless

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Buren
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is what happens to my bank account every end of the month

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#11

‘Build Us A Shelf, You’re The Piano Fan Build Us A Shelf With A Light La, La-La, Di-Di-Da’

‘Build Us A Shelf, You’re The Piano Fan Build Us A Shelf With A Light La, La-La, Di-Di-Da’

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"When Dieter Rams defined the 10 principles, he thought that they'd be updated and adapted over time," Gwilt said.

But even though he wrote them a long time ago and technology has advanced light years since then, many think Dieter's principles still apply today.

#12

Innovation Think Tank Just Got Upgraded

Innovation Think Tank Just Got Upgraded

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#13

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

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#14

“Tonight I’m Going To Party Like These Are $19.99”

“Tonight I’m Going To Party Like These Are $19.99”

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#15

When Your Phone Autocorrects To Holy Sit

When Your Phone Autocorrects To Holy Sit

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"It's a good starting point; a helpful framework, but it's exciting to see new designers from different backgrounds share their voices for what makes good design."

Interestingly, Sam even met Rams in person! You can check out how that went here.

#16

‘Grandma Is On Her Way Over, Put On The Jumpers On She Knitted For You’

‘Grandma Is On Her Way Over, Put On The Jumpers On She Knitted For You’

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#17

Looks Right

Looks Right

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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this.. this has to be done on purpose..

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#18

Happy Ending

Happy Ending

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#19

This Is A Bad Sign

This Is A Bad Sign

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Jaaawn
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So this is the toilet for Damiens. Where does everyone else go?

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In Gwilt's own opinion, a good design must first and foremost form an innate connection between the user and the product.

"Someone needs to look at the product and instantly understand what it is and how it can benefit them," he said. 

#20

Disco Ball, But Interior

Disco Ball, But Interior

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Jaaawn
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my, imagine taking acid in here. Party on or major freak out= only time will tell.

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#21

I Was Asked To Design A Topless Bar, They Weren’t Happy With The Outcome

I Was Asked To Design A Topless Bar, They Weren’t Happy With The Outcome

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#22

Auto Reverse

Auto Reverse

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#23

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday

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"The goal is to design a product that is understandable and desirable. It should integrate neatly with the existing lifestyle of the customer, and improve it for the better."

"I feel like 'industrial design' has hit a wave of public interest in recent years," the designer and internet personality added.

So maybe we'll be seeing fewer and fewer products like these?

#24

When Nature Calls

When Nature Calls

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BetterBitterButter
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When nature calls then you have to answer the call and in this case anyone can listen to your conversation with nature.

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#25

Water Pump

Water Pump

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Reenzy Bennington
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm the least feminine woman I know but OH MY GOD this looks pretty damn cool especially with the rest of the bathroom.

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#26

Bed Bath & Beyond Me

Bed Bath & Beyond Me

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

New York studio apartment: $4,200 per month.

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#27

Cargo Dress On, So Far I’ve Lost My Keys, Money, Watch… Send Help

Cargo Dress On, So Far I’ve Lost My Keys, Money, Watch… Send Help

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Toe Shoes

Toe Shoes

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love u
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it took me a while to realize they weren't transparent, my feet still have the cramp though

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#29

Mooooove Over Tiled Splash Backs

Mooooove Over Tiled Splash Backs

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imontape
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now the kitchen only need a lot of ben & jerry's

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#32

Got A Sinking Feeling About This

Got A Sinking Feeling About This

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Amanda Rose
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just can't help but think about how difficult it would be to clean.

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#33

Just Don’t Do It

Just Don’t Do It

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James016
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

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#34

What Kind Of Crime Do You Need To Commit To Be Sent Here? *bidet Attachment Extra Charge

What Kind Of Crime Do You Need To Commit To Be Sent Here? *bidet Attachment Extra Charge

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TheAquarius1978
Community Member
4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It might be Ugly and on bad taste, but One thing it os for sure, practical, that is very practical.

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#35

Stare Wars. In A Galaxy Far Far Away, This Makes Sense

Stare Wars. In A Galaxy Far Far Away, This Makes Sense

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AJay
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The world doesn't always make sense at first glance?

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#36

She Sells Seashells By The Sea Shore With Great Difficulty

She Sells Seashells By The Sea Shore With Great Difficulty

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#37

Looks Just Like The Real Thing

Looks Just Like The Real Thing

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MajikDraygon
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everythime I see this one I can't tell what the problem is.

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#38

Pimp My Chair

Pimp My Chair

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Crene
Community Member
4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This isn't really a design fail though. I don't mind having this, as far as it's comfortable

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#39

Rouch Is The New Bouclé

Rouch Is The New Bouclé

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Amanda Rose
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mouse King's throne from The Nutcracker.

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#41

Hair Style To Go With The Hairy Stairs

Hair Style To Go With The Hairy Stairs

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#42

Gamer Of Thrones

Gamer Of Thrones

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love u
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ooh imagine all the nice clack sounds as you sit down

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#44

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

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#45

When I Say ‘I’m Cut Out For This Job’

When I Say ‘I’m Cut Out For This Job’

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#47

Take My Money

Take My Money

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#48

Derelicté Zoolander. The Worst Part Is Wearing Socks With Slippers

Derelicté Zoolander. The Worst Part Is Wearing Socks With Slippers

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#49

When You’re Ready To Go Out & Also White Water Rafting

When You’re Ready To Go Out & Also White Water Rafting

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#50

Pop Culture

Pop Culture

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