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Most of us can intuitively tell whether something is designed well or if the end result falls way short of what it should be like. The more we’re exposed to ads and products—both great and god-awful—the more our sense of taste develops.

Ever since 2011, this popular subreddit has been sharing examples of epic design fails that are beyond hilarious. In fact, they’re so bad, it’s mind-boggling that the people behind them green-lit them! We’ve collected some of the worst offenders to share with you, Pandas, so scroll down and upvote the designs you love to hate the most.

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This Could Have Been Avoided With 1 Focus Group (of Women)

This Could Have Been Avoided With 1 Focus Group (of Women)

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The subreddit has been poking fun at horrible and hilarious designs all the way since 2011. Over the past 12+ years, the community has grown absolutely massive. At the time of writing, the group had 3.4 million members.

Years pass, seasons change. But what stays constant is people’s appetite for shaming truly awful product and ad designs. (What changes, however, is how the internet reacts to names like the subreddit’s that use gentle curse words. These days, you can’t even mention them in full without some social media megacorps frowning in your general direction!)

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Okay. I Know This Cake Is A Number 1 And It Says “emma," But It Looks Like A Dick With Balls That Says “weed"

Okay. I Know This Cake Is A Number 1 And It Says “emma," But It Looks Like A Dick With Balls That Says “weed"

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The subreddit’s moderators have created a fantastically detailed wiki that explains what does and doesn’t count as a bad design. For instance, amateur artwork or signs don’t belong in the online group because they were made by, well, amateurs. Similarly, broken things also don’t count.

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#9

Our Wedding Is Going To Have Three Delicious Meal Choices

Our Wedding Is Going To Have Three Delicious Meal Choices

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And don’t even think of posting the Roman numeral for 4, IIII, as an example of awful design because it’s a fairly common alternative way to write IV. Meanwhile, unintentional errors like manufacturing defects also don’t count as examples of bad design. Neither do novelty items or obvious satire.

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#10

I Cancelled My Transaction Twice In A Row By Accident. I Finally Found Out Why

I Cancelled My Transaction Twice In A Row By Accident. I Finally Found Out Why

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#11

A Solar Powered Parking Meter In An Underground Garage

A Solar Powered Parking Meter In An Underground Garage

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#12

"How Do We Make It Clear That It's A Male Hand Without Seeing The Nails?"

"How Do We Make It Clear That It's A Male Hand Without Seeing The Nails?"

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

There is nothing manlier than wearing a tie and a disembodied collar on your wrist!

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The mod team encourages its members to be original. So you shouldn’t be sharing any pictures that fall into the list of the top 150 most popular reposts. Software designs, hate symbols, and memes also don’t have any place on the sub. Meanwhile, all members ought to be as civil as possible, avoid sharing any personal information, and ensure that they write awesome descriptive titles for their posts.

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#13

My Arms Are About 7 Feet Long, So This Wasn't An Issue For Me

My Arms Are About 7 Feet Long, So This Wasn't An Issue For Me

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No Thank You, I Think I'll Pass

No Thank You, I Think I'll Pass

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Lia is a platypus
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I take it this is the catering service for the wedding that serves kids?

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#15

This Music Poster Looks Like A Guy And Girl Being Hanged

This Music Poster Looks Like A Guy And Girl Being Hanged

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A while ago, interior design expert and then-editor at These Three Rooms, Ariane Sherine, had shared her thoughts on taste and aesthetics with Bored Panda.

“When it comes to aesthetics, 'bad design' is a very individual thing that comes down to personal taste,” she said that our personal tastes and (dis)likes affect our judgment of products and interiors. 

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#16

Thanks For Reminding Me

Thanks For Reminding Me

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

When you have a group project but one person phones it in and the end result is a big banner saying you are alone in front of a building that is giving you the finger.

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This Bus

This Bus

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

That dude looks like one of the teachers. Maybe it's the cigarettes making him look older.

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“It's perhaps more helpful to talk about 'bad design' as design that doesn't function as it should—for instance, a kitchen that doesn't have what's called 'good flow', where you have to walk impractical distances between complementary appliances and where the dimensions of the 'kitchen work triangle' (the distance between fridge, sink, and hob) aren't practical,” the design expert said.

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#19

This Unfortunately Designed Kid's Balloon

This Unfortunately Designed Kid's Balloon

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#21

Surely There Is No Better Way To Write Your Phone Number

Surely There Is No Better Way To Write Your Phone Number

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“A kitchen where there isn't enough storage, where potentially dangerous appliances aren't located safely, and where cornflakes and milk are placed at opposite ends of the room is what I'd call 'bad design,'” she shared that a poorly-crafted space can be a huge headache for someone in their day-to-day lives.

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“‘Good design' is where a lot of thought and effort has been put into structuring and renovating a house so it's perfect for the people living in it. It takes account of their aesthetic preferences but also focuses on the concepts I mentioned before, paying close attention to detail,” she told Bored Panda.

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When Your Dental Banner Features An Execution

When Your Dental Banner Features An Execution

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

Awe, c'mon now. He's not executing the guy. He's just injecting the Novocaine into his eyeball so the drilling won't hurt.

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#24

Another Example Of Unrealistic Body Expectations For Men

Another Example Of Unrealistic Body Expectations For Men

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"The only true way to ascertain whether a design is going to be a commercial success is to make it available for sale, market it widely, and see how many people buy it. But success is different to taste. Personally, I think taste is all about understatement, minimalism, and neutral decor. But again, that's only my personal opinion!" the design expert told us during another interview, earlier.

“This will differ for each person, but for many people, loud and garish colors used liberally in the home would signify a lack of taste. Then again, I can think of designers who have based their entire career around the use of color and loud prints," she said that there aren’t any hard and fast rules.

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#25

If Only There Was An Easier Way To See Who Was Outside Your Front Door..

If Only There Was An Easier Way To See Who Was Outside Your Front Door..

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

You hang a blind on the inside of the door so you can check who it is if you don't want to answer it? Duh

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When it comes to furniture, you have to consider functionality, not just aesthetics. "Does the furniture function as it should? Is it likely to collapse or break easily? If seating, is it comfortable? I mean, my idea of aesthetic hell would be a bright purple inflatable sofa with lime green spots, but your mileage may vary! The question of comfort and function is a less subjective one,” the design expert shared a few of the considerations you should keep in mind when thinking about interiors.

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#30

Love, Morriage, Boby?

Love, Morriage, Boby?

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

bobby and sheila sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G! first comes love, then comes morriage, then comes a boby in a boby corriage!

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Tell us all about which of these pics and fails made you cringe the hardest, Pandas. Meanwhile, for some more amazingly awful designs, check out Bored Panda's previous features right here, here, as well as here.

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#31

How Much Do You Trust Your "Multilingual" Ad Designer?

How Much Do You Trust Your "Multilingual" Ad Designer?

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

"Did you get the English translation for the sign?" "Oh yeah. There's English on the sign, all right."

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This Flower Print Dress

This Flower Print Dress

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

*flashback of teenage trauma* any girl who had THAT Carrie experience would never be able to wear that dress

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#33

If Only I Had Some Scissors...

If Only I Had Some Scissors...

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#36

If You've Got It, Flaunt It

If You've Got It, Flaunt It

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#39

If You Were In A Car, Would You Know What Accident To Do?

If You Were In A Car, Would You Know What Accident To Do?

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#41

Sometimes It's Okay To Judge A Book By Its Cover

Sometimes It's Okay To Judge A Book By Its Cover

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#43

This University Isn't Very Good With Fractions

This University Isn't Very Good With Fractions

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#44

What's My Age Again?

What's My Age Again?

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

This should be multiple choice: A) no, B) no, C) no, D) no, E) yes, F) yes, G) yes

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#45

This Awful Slide Placement

This Awful Slide Placement

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#46

What A Great Packaging Choice

What A Great Packaging Choice

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

At least they show you how to open this package.

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#47

Never Split Your Legs When You Slide Down!

Never Split Your Legs When You Slide Down!

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Good Luck Wheelchairees

Good Luck Wheelchairees

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

Now I'm picturing grandma leaning over to try to get it on two wheels like a stunt driver in a James Bond movie.

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Note: this post originally had 141 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.

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