There’s nothing more beautiful than an ugly product! While that might sound counterintuitive, you might soon realize that perfection is boring and it’s actually imperfection that can capture our imaginations in a far deeper and more satisfying way.

Founded back in 2013 by Swiss design wunderkinds Jonas Nyffenegger and Sébastien Mathys, the Ugly Design Instagram project has since then won over the hearts of over 668k fabulous fans. And they can’t wait for their latest posts about design decisions that break norms and jump into the deep end of what’s traditionally considered to be bad design.

Have a look through some of the best (or is that worst) new designs, as featured on the Ugly Design page, upvote the ones that got a reaction out of you, and let us know which ones you loved to hate the most in the comment section. Oh, and if you haven’t had your fill yet, check out Bored Panda’s first article about Jonas and Sébastien’s awesome project right over here.

The founders of the Ugly Design account shared with Bored Panda that there are "a lot of exciting projects" in the works. However, we'll have to patient, as they teased that there will be "more info next" year, so we'll have to wait for 2022 to see them. You'll find the rest of our interview with Jonas and Sébastien below.

More info: Instagram | Tumblr | Ugly.Design

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Steve Barnett
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2 months ago

Pareidolia. Now I can't unsee it.

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Dynein
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2 months ago

Well... It seems to work and it's not like the chickens will know or care...

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Jeff Rhodes
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2 months ago

it's a Catholic thing, you wouldn't understand.

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"We try to keep posting as regularly as possible the crème de la crème of the latest ugly design but also reposting some of our old favorites," the founders told Bored Panda that they're continuing pretty much the same trend of content creation as a year earlier when we wrote our first article about the infamously brilliant Instagram account.

"As our love for ugliness keeps growing, the line between ugly and beauty is getting a bit blurred," the team behind the Ugly Design project shared. "It appears more and more of our followers have completely lost their taste. That’s a good thing. It means they’ll have to find it again. It will most likely be forever changed."

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NoWayNoWay
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2 months ago

These are funny I'd wear them for the beach, nice set of toe thongs

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Steve Barnett
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2 months ago (edited)

[Insert 'Elephant Man' memes here]

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I wish I could live in the ocean
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2 months ago

I like it actually

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Previously, the founders of Ugly Design, Jonas and Sébastien, told me that they believe their project has been extremely successful because of the contrast they create between their content that the “norm-perfect” posts that we’re used to seeing in our Instagram feeds.

“When seeing an ugly design rather than perfect aesthetics (as defined in the 21st century)—scrollers takes notice. Also, @Uglydesign never gets predictable—that is key to maintain and grow followers in our opinion,” they told Bored Panda in an interview, earlier.

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

Aw, it's so adorable ! Cats buttholes !

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JiminKimLip7
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2 months ago

WHY???

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Nadine Bamberger
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2 months ago

Mr. Elastics spare pants.

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Both of the founders are big fans of the unexpected and the surprising. And that’s what keeps them passionate about the Ugly Design project. “We find it crazy that this theme can still surprise us and make us laugh so much after having dug into it for so long,” the duo told me.

“We are posting various topics under the theme of ugly design, from maximalism to design fails, covering everything from luxurious furniture, jewelry, fashion, nail art, architecture, to upcycling… And except for some designs fail, we believe it is an incredible source of inspiration and joy,” Jonas and Sébastien added that even ugly designs can inspire us and bring us joy with their (very different expression of) beauty.

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Monfel
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2 months ago

HAND BAG

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Alastor the radio demon
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2 months ago

Calling all marvel fans

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago (edited)

It is on purpose, so it does not count, like Crocs and bauhaus.

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Ugly Design spent the first two years of its existence on Tumblr. However, in 2015, the project made the jump over to Instagram where it’s enjoying all of its well-earned success. It’s a constant reminder in our otherwise ‘perfect’ social media feeds that the world is more varied and far more interesting than the sanitized and curated image we’re presented.

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RadiatorAnkleSpider
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2 months ago

In Russia we…..

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Dynein
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2 months ago

Oh... no... -.-

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

When the zipper broke and you couldn't find a suitable one to fix it

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Robertas Lisickis
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2 months ago (edited)

Nobody: ... Someone: hey, let's make the 'The Floor Is Lava' game more immersive?

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Just needs a bowl in the top and you can do your own christenings at home.

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Chris Longski
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2 months ago

Fried turkey is a yuge deal in Texas ! Cut 'em some slack.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Struggling to comprehend this. Is that a *foot glove* being worn over a high-heeled shoe?

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denzoren
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2 months ago

Everything about this is horrible.

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

This has is-shoes.

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Chris Longski
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2 months ago

More than a hundred bucks I'll bet.

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Wouldiwas Shookspeared
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2 months ago

Honestly this is kinda cool especially for someone who collects bugs or something

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

This bookshelf is not ugly at all, it does not belong here. Also, it is a good saving for your funeral.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Would have been better with a bosom, because everybody needs a bosom for a pillow. ;-)

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

It is currently d**k past head in Paris.

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Interesting.

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Steve Venianakis
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2 months ago

I don't get it...what's the purpose of this?

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Steve Barnett
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2 months ago

Didn't think this through or intentional?

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Ryan Deschanel
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2 months ago

Well, we can say that is it... a "failure" ! Lol! hahahahaha... It is funnier in French...

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Renee Letkiewicz
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2 months ago

These creep me out

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Francesca Annoni
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2 months ago

Really? Censoring a drawing on a sock?

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CAMAW
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2 months ago

Is it weird that I want to lay in that?

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Alastor the radio demon
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2 months ago

Funny enough she isn't wearing a mask

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Vicky Zar
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2 months ago

Well they definately look more comfortable then jeans

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Jelly the Bean
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2 months ago

If you're feeling lonely and need a hand to hold, this cup is for you!

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Brian Bennett
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2 months ago

Can you imagine the damage these could do to ones nose.

Wood Carver
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2 months ago

Damage just think how nice and clean you'd get it.

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Kookamunga
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2 months ago

Now you have to eat pizza with a fork!

Serbob
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2 months ago

You eat pizza with the backs of your hands????

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FunOldGuy
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2 months ago

A new tool for brushing your dog's teeth?

Lucy Snatchko
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2 months ago

No, just no.

Ashley Lynne
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2 months ago

WHY

Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

nail brushes?

Terry Tobias
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2 months ago

Perfect!

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Daniel Atkins
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2 months ago

When you have to scrub it with a toothbrush taken to the next level.

Hafida
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2 months ago

Guess she is a dish cleaner at some restaurant

Nyneva Kyte
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2 months ago

Happy to see 5 Minute Crafts is still a thing

Suzanne Clark
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2 months ago

The obvious question: WHY?

Elsker
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2 months ago

Looks like a stupid lifehack

Zitronella
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2 months ago

Why ? Why need woman this art of fu*** nails?

Hollysmom
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2 months ago

Get a real hobby

Jeff Bunn
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2 months ago

One for each tooth in her head

julie son
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2 months ago

When your first instinct is to ask why, followed by "nope, that would fill the quota of listening to idiots for half a year!"

Neil Bidle
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2 months ago

Someone high thought this was a funny take on a nail brush

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RadiatorAnkleSpider
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2 months ago

I have so many questions…

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Chris Longski
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2 months ago

Am not obsessed with overpriced sneakers...

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Jetin Dhinjal
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2 months ago

for his pokemon game

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