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Art is generally open to interpretation, meaning its exact message is often vague, and various points of view and opinions can be offered. However, in graphic design, especially in marketing and advertising, conveying the right or the intended idea is key. Unless the designer doesn't mind finding their work posted among the many graphic design fails on Reddit.

There is indeed a dedicated hub on Reddit reserved specifically for awful designs and graphic design fails that failed to communicate their idea due to a shabby design. Wittily titled "Comic Sans Galore" (OG graphic designers will get the reference), r/crappydesign offers a bum trip of poorly implemented creative ideas. Chock-full of funny graphic design fails and bad graphic design ideas, it's also a lesson and a list of examples of how NOT to do it. Anyhow (to stop being so snobbish about it), we must appreciate these stupid design fails and the individuals behind them because otherwise, we would have fewer failures of others (rather than our own) to chuckle and facepalm at.

Below, we've compiled a list of the worst graphic design fails we could find online to, hopefully, bring a bit more laughter to your day and remind you that it's perfectly human to err! (Also, to remind you that hiring a professional to do the job is often very much worth it.) If any of the bad graphic designs below make you giggle, let us know by giving them an upvote!

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The Sign On My Husbands Graphic Design Department

The Sign On My Husbands Graphic Design Department

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El Howard
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's intentional satire; it doesn't count as a design fail.

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The Implication That This Tooth Has Genitals

The Implication That This Tooth Has Genitals

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I Thought The Peep Was Farting. My Wife Corrected Me - It’s Cotton Candy

I Thought The Peep Was Farting. My Wife Corrected Me - It’s Cotton Candy

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#9

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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#13

I've Never Met Lauren But I Already Know I Don't Like Her

I've Never Met Lauren But I Already Know I Don't Like Her

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Jeremy James
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can tell a lot about a person from their bookshelves. For example, this one tells me that Lauren is a shallow person and also she doesn't read.

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#16

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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#17

I’d Like To Eat Here. Unsure When Is Ok

I’d Like To Eat Here. Unsure When Is Ok

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StrangeOne
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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I got this correct: closed Sunday. Open for lunch Mon-Sat. 11:30am-2:30pm, for dinner Mon-Thurs. 4:30pm-10:00pm, and Fri.-Sat. 4:30pm-10:30pm *Oh it's open for dinner on Sun. 3-9:30 but closed for lunch.

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#19

I Love Drinking Kids Too!

I Love Drinking Kids Too!

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Bonesko
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My grandmother drank kids every day and lived to be 97. They're highly nutritious!

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#20

Mother-Daughter Bonding At Its Finest

Mother-Daughter Bonding At Its Finest

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StrangeOne
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wine glasses don't need to be used for wine. I use mine all the time for juice with my daughter.

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#21

I Saw This On A Box. I Don't Know How To Lift It Like The Picture Said

I Saw This On A Box. I Don't Know How To Lift It Like The Picture Said

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Seamus Crumley
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is this an optical illusion? I can't work out which limb is which, and why he only has 3.

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#22

My Local Bakery's Menu Is So Bad, It's Good

My Local Bakery's Menu Is So Bad, It's Good

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Donkey boi
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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see nothing wrong here. I'm not even reading it. I just see a whole bunch of squirrels, and what's not love about that?

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#23

Was It So Hard To Get A Dog?

Was It So Hard To Get A Dog?

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fair_weather_rose
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But cats are our supreme overlords and clearly deserve to have their pictures placed in as many places as possible so that we can worship them properly!

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#24

This Church Service Invitation That Looks Like I’m About To Be Murdered

This Church Service Invitation That Looks Like I’m About To Be Murdered

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#25

This University's President Is Really Hands On

This University's President Is Really Hands On

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Laura Lett
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where does he get his suits made? I have a friend that needs that tailor...

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#26

He's Calling Her To Ask Her For Her Number?

He's Calling Her To Ask Her For Her Number?

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RaptorNXT
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Operator, please connect me to the girl with orange overshirt."

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#27

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

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TOM HOLLAND
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My grandma used to let me win every time at tic tac toe as a kid. My older cousin beat me once I was really shocked and I did something similar to this to show that I was clearly the superior thinker.

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#28

For Reasons Unknown, South America Has Completely Been Replaced By Africa

For Reasons Unknown, South America Has Completely Been Replaced By Africa

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#30

But It’s A Stop Sign…

But It’s A Stop Sign…

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Bonesko
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would mistakenly stop kindness and start violence when I had the right of way

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#31

Dont Mess With Chile 🇨🇱

Dont Mess With Chile 🇨🇱

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King Julian
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Hey uh Jim i dont think this is Texas" "Dadgumit Matthew of course its Texas send it out"

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#34

This Graph In My School's Yearbook

This Graph In My School's Yearbook

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fair_weather_rose
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In case anyone else spent way too much time trying to figure out what was wrong with this, the lengths of the bars don't even come close to matching the numbers they're supposed to go with.

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#36

The Rewards Of Hypnotherapy!

The Rewards Of Hypnotherapy!

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TOM HOLLAND
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't need hypnotherapy! I got mine for free. #soblessed #loophole #beatthesystem

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#37

Antioxidents, Electrolytes, And Deli Organ Flavor?

Antioxidents, Electrolytes, And Deli Organ Flavor?

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#40

Comical Font Selection And Style. The Deeper You Look The Worse You See

Comical Font Selection And Style. The Deeper You Look The Worse You See

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#41

Decided To Open My Step Daughters Junior Risk Board Game Tonight And The Compass Is Incorrect…

Decided To Open My Step Daughters Junior Risk Board Game Tonight And The Compass Is Incorrect…

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#46

Somehow Spiderman Is Able To Keep A Hot Drink In His Cup While Upside Down

Somehow Spiderman Is Able To Keep A Hot Drink In His Cup While Upside Down

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#47

I See This At My University Every Day

I See This At My University Every Day

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ebackx
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is taht form the sudty taht syas the biarn rocenzige the wrdos If the frsit and lsat lterets are in the rhigt pacle? :)

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#48

This Pie Chart From TV Time

This Pie Chart From TV Time

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Chez2202
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If only printer’s could hold 4 colour cartridges instead of just 2. Oh wait…….

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#49

Let's Put The Instructions On The Same Side Of The Perforated Pull Tab!

Let's Put The Instructions On The Same Side Of The Perforated Pull Tab!

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#53

The Elevator Safety Placard In This Hotel

The Elevator Safety Placard In This Hotel

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#56

If Only You Could Do With The N’s As You Did With The G’s

If Only You Could Do With The N’s As You Did With The G’s

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#57

Saw This At The 99 Cent Store. Possibly The Most Confusing Thing I’ve Ever Seen

Saw This At The 99 Cent Store. Possibly The Most Confusing Thing I’ve Ever Seen

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Bonesko
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What's confusing about it? It's a air freshener with pictures to color for manly men to use while taking a 💩

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#59

Kix Cereal Box Has A Masked Out Spoon To Give The Illusion There’s Cereal On Top

Kix Cereal Box Has A Masked Out Spoon To Give The Illusion There’s Cereal On Top

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StrangeOne
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That just reminded me of the colour changing spoons a certain cereal used to have. I think it was Trix.

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#61

Pregnancy Test Early Five Result Day Sooner Pregmate

Pregnancy Test Early Five Result Day Sooner Pregmate

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#67

This Popcorn Bag That Says Microwave For 2 Minutes 30 Seconds, But Has A Picture Of A Microwave With 3 Minutes On It

This Popcorn Bag That Says Microwave For 2 Minutes 30 Seconds, But Has A Picture Of A Microwave With 3 Minutes On It

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#70

It Says America, With The Us Flag And The Statue Of Liberty, But With The Map Of Mexico

It Says America, With The Us Flag And The Statue Of Liberty, But With The Map Of Mexico

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#71

The Alphabet: Abcdefgeffgufk

The Alphabet: Abcdefgeffgufk

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Ephemeral Mochi
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, yeah! Of course I learned my ABCs! It goes: AMJANJULBOPQFEBAUGCDRSMARSEPEFTUVAPROCTFGUWMAYNOVFKLXYZJUNDEC

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#72

Very Confused Messaging. Why Strike Out The Part That Leaves It Meaning The Same?

Very Confused Messaging. Why Strike Out The Part That Leaves It Meaning The Same?

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#73

This Annoys Me Every Time I Come Here. What Is It Even Supposed To Say?

This Annoys Me Every Time I Come Here. What Is It Even Supposed To Say?

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#75

Get TRAIN Everyday

Get TRAIN Everyday

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BLONDTROBL
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Better than pulling train's, I guess. It's better to receive than give.

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#77

A Logo Including A Globe Where Greenland, Iceland And The UK Have Decided To Fly Away Into The Arctic

A Logo Including A Globe Where Greenland, Iceland And The UK Have Decided To Fly Away Into The Arctic

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Bought This Geometry Set For My Son. Comes With This Map Of The World That Has So Many Countries Spelt Incorrectly

Bought This Geometry Set For My Son. Comes With This Map Of The World That Has So Many Countries Spelt Incorrectly

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Uh... Fearsome? Roarsome? Rfarsome?

Uh... Fearsome? Roarsome? Rfarsome?

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