Design seems like such a simple, elementary thing when you think about it, but hordes of people keep getting the basics wrong, often with hilarious and side-splitting results. Buildings are hard to design, as are other objects, but we usually take the lettering and layout of sentences and phrases for granted, as though everyone will be able to understand us no matter how.we.words.our.place.

Well, the truth is, designing text so it’s readable isn’t as easy as you’d expect. There’s a system to it. There are processes that must be followed. Typography rules that ought never be broken. Except that those rules are broken all the time by some oblivious people. Bored Panda collected some of the best examples of incredibly bad text design that is wonderfully enjoyable to make fun of. From lame ads to funny posters, nodofy is safe from bad design. So upvote the best/worst fails, see if your friends can figure out what’s actually written, and let us know in the comments if you've seen design fails that compare to these ones.

We know how much you enjoy these funny fails concerning design, so you can read Bored Panda’s previous posts about them here, here, here, here, and here.

#1

How Do I Apply?

How Do I Apply?

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

The person preparing this sign was surely tripping on something..

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#2

Noted

Noted

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Thomas Murphy
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1 year ago

calling the police on Willesden Electricity Department

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#3

Apparently Scary Jesus Is A Thing

Apparently Scary Jesus Is A Thing

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

When you are on a fishing trip. Walks on water behind you and goes BOO!!

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One of the online communities where similar text design fails are shared daily is the subreddit ‘Don’t Dead Open Inside,’ which prides itself on collecting the most egregious examples of signs and media that don’t make any sense if you read them normally. The community, which was established in May 2014, is large, having grown to over 513,000 members.

Bored Panda reached out to the 'Don't Dead Open Inside' subreddit moderators. According to one of them, the community was inspired to form because of the 'Don't Dead Open Inside' frame from the very first episode of the hit TV show The Walking Dead.

According to one moderator, people make mistakes while designing text because "they're either not thinking or they want to be original. Our main mission statement is to show them that they are wrong."

They also had advice for those individuals willing to step up their game design-wise: "People in the west read left to right, then top to bottom. Do not "liven up" your text by making it "quirky". Hard to read means lost attention which translates to lost revenue."

#4

Five Extremely Slow Children Playing

Five Extremely Slow Children Playing

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Seems rude

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#5

This Terribly Worded Sign I Saw Today. Sorry, I’ll Pick Up My Dog’s Poop... Wouldn’t Want To Ruin Your Child Eating Experience

This Terribly Worded Sign I Saw Today. Sorry, I’ll Pick Up My Dog’s Poop... Wouldn’t Want To Ruin Your Child Eating Experience

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Sarahí Covarrubias
Community Member
1 year ago

Like Maruchan's cups say: Warning serving children

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#6

Well, Uh... I Guess That's A Good Motto

Well, Uh... I Guess That's A Good Motto

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

At least they're honest!

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Canva has some handy tips for those of you willing to up your design game when it comes to words. For example, Canva suggests that you limit the number of fonts that you use and use simple ones, rather than complex ones that might not mesh together well.

#7

Attention

Attention

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Sveta Smirnova
Community Member
1 year ago

No wonder the toilet is always empty

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#8

Thanks For The Advice

Thanks For The Advice

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Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

If anxiety could speak

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#9

Baby Needs Beers & Wines

Baby Needs Beers & Wines

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Lana Raven
Community Member
1 year ago

i think it’s mommy who needs that

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Spacing, something most of us rarely think about, is also important and can bring about radically different effects simply by eliminating the negative space between letters, words, and sentences.

#10

Experience

Experience

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Where do I sign up?!

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#11

This Habitat For Humanity Van

This Habitat For Humanity Van

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha, this is my favorite one on this list

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#12

So My Campus Had A Suicide Awareness And Prevention Day

So My Campus Had A Suicide Awareness And Prevention Day

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Come try our Kool Aide, it's killer.

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Meanwhile, colors are equally important: use them to your advantage to create harmony between different parts of the text. Use contrasting and complementary colors. Lines can be used to guide the reader’s attention and create symmetry; however, badly used lines can turn a sign or a design into a catastrophe. Think you’ve got all that? Good. Let us know how you’d fix the text designs in this list.

#13

No Safety. Smoking First

No Safety. Smoking First

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Grapeling
Community Member
1 year ago

Light the place on fire while you're at it :p

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#14

Who Else Is Donating To End Children?

Who Else Is Donating To End Children?

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Sound like a vasectomy advertisement.

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#15

Don't Save A Life. Be Afraid To Give Blood

Don't Save A Life. Be Afraid To Give Blood

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Grapeling
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you this is very helpful. I'll tell me friends too :D

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#16

Do I Push?

Do I Push?

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Orillion
Community Member
1 year ago

If you can't push it, why is it even there!?

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#17

If You Hard, Then You Hard

If You Hard, Then You Hard

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah what can you do about it.. not like you control it..

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#18

Sorry Guys, You Can’t Let Your Pets Cook Bicycles Here

Sorry Guys, You Can’t Let Your Pets Cook Bicycles Here

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

But my dogs love cooking bicycles!

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#19

Hood On vs. Hood Off

Hood On vs. Hood Off

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Jjjane20
Community Member
1 year ago

In case you'd like to change your mind.

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#20

Please Do Not Take It Home. Leave Litter Here

Please Do Not Take It Home. Leave Litter Here

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Grapeling
Community Member
1 year ago

What do they LeArN in environmental management these days???

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#21

Just Purchased This Low Quality Fried Chicken At The Grocery Store

Just Purchased This Low Quality Fried Chicken At The Grocery Store

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Rissie
Community Member
1 year ago

Honest advertising?

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#22

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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Holosexual
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so stressful no I wouldn't know what accident to do, this is too much responsibility

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#23

Smash Immigrants Welcome Racism

Smash Immigrants Welcome Racism

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

Racist Hulk be Racist..

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#24

Honey, I Think We're Supposed To Turn Right

Honey, I Think We're Supposed To Turn Right

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Don’t dead open inside

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#25

I Only Saw The Left Window At First And Got Very Confused

I Only Saw The Left Window At First And Got Very Confused

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Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

Selsful living is a good way of putting it

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#26

This New Wall Art In My Office

This New Wall Art In My Office

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Fuzztone
Community Member
1 year ago

I have no idea what it is even trying to say.

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing is impossible and everything is possible both at once I guess

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Cactuar Jon
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm is possible. Are you is possible too?

Agent K
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I always tell my young son that "NO EVERYTHING, IM IS POSSIBLE." You've got to encourage kids...

it's me again
Community Member
1 year ago

No everything im is possible. Spoken Yoda has.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that in the waiting room? / / / / / I'd get up and leave.

Matilda Gross
Community Member
1 year ago

My eyes are bleeding

Alex
Community Member
1 year ago

Every nothing is impossible?

Sarah Panhorst
Community Member
1 year ago

no everything, im is possible

S.
Community Member
1 year ago

Me trying to motivate myself:

marnidarr
Community Member
7 months ago

The scary thing is that someone bought it.

Dianna
Community Member
1 year ago

This would really disturb me if it was on the wall opposite my desk at work.

Veronica Bluwol
Community Member
1 year ago

I would quit my job there purely based on that sign..

Elizabeth Cottell
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the best

Kaiserfranzgirl
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

No thing is ever impossible, everything is possible

Rebecca Cain
Community Member
1 week ago

Confused

William Stowe
Community Member
1 week ago

Given today's grammar skills, it may be read from the bottom up. "Possible I'm nos everything".

Hiie Posti
Community Member
9 months ago

No, everything I AM is impossible, but everything YOU are is possible

Tami Bridges
Community Member
1 year ago

Not everything is impossible? In Krakken?

Sue Blais
Community Member
1 year ago

I have a headache.

May Day
Community Member
1 year ago

AIL F

LSR
Community Member
1 year ago

Wonder what idiot stupid hipster is so proud of his "oh so trendy, edgy and thought provoking work"...

Carole Gleed
Community Member
1 year ago

His sign writing points to that.

Anne Lowan
Community Member
1 year ago

I think it says “NO. EVERYTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE “. ...sad, that.

A Girl With A Dream
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing is impossible Everything is possible Really?! I’m sorry but that stupid AF

Laila sinke
Community Member
1 year ago

I have no idea what is even trying to say wait what if I look at it upside down!!!

slywlf
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

This is the first serious WTF.....absolutely no idea smh.....OK, I puzzled it out finally but sheesh!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF does that even MEAN?

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

just to be interesting

Nicole Holt
Community Member
1 year ago

wth?

Kris “ADHD_Carrier” Dudoich
Community Member
1 year ago

Clever but badly done - "Nothing is impossible"

Meg Berenotto
Community Member
1 year ago

This literally makes my brain hurt & my eyes scream in pain.

Teh derpy fish
Community Member
1 year ago

No everything I’m is possible

nala simba
Community Member
1 year ago

NO! Everything is Impossible!

Piou
Community Member
1 year ago

It's just possimpible

María Hermida
Community Member
1 year ago

Too much design for me...

Jane Doe
Community Member
1 year ago

"Shut my up money take and"

proof that tony stark has a ❤️
Community Member
1 year ago

No everything I'm is possible?

Being_Cori
Community Member
1 year ago

genuinely scratched my head

Mai Siegenthaler
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing is impossible, everything is possible

Darja Holm
Community Member
1 year ago

''Nothing is possible everything impossible''? Maybe its just me, but sounds kinda wrong.... I reckon it would have more sense with ''nothing is impossible, everything is possible''

Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
1 year ago

I like Jumbles, however, this is so wrong!!!

Trisha Lynn
Community Member
1 year ago

WUT???

Christopher Ryan
Community Member
1 year ago

Nothing is impossible, everything is possible...

Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

WTAF?

Vanessa Bennett
Community Member
1 year ago

Except trying to read this sign....

Chyppa Homer
Community Member
1 year ago

"You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps" :D

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
1 year ago

Well this is impossible.

Lyndsey McGill
Community Member
1 year ago

"this is as clear as I can make it" - Michael Scott

Agent K
Community Member
1 year ago

I always tell my young son, "NO EVERYTHING, IM IS POSSIBLE." You have to encourage kids...

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

Everything is possible. Nothing is impossible. This is a style that will be among others on "do you remember that crazy trend" lists in the future.

Gingergirl
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf?!

N G
Community Member
1 year ago

My head hurts, make it stop

Deni La Force
Community Member
1 year ago

....but is it art Eddie?

Dr.coolyobeans
Community Member
1 year ago

sounds like my paradoxical thoughts (+_+)?

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

That is very bad 'art' IMO

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
1 year ago

SO bad!

Naught Right
Community Member
1 year ago

🤣😃😂

Dimi Betan
Community Member
1 year ago

No everything I'm is possible

Laci
Community Member
1 year ago

I's no unda stan

Rench
Community Member
1 year ago

They were trying way too hard to make it artsy.....

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

What?

iblowsheep
Community Member
1 year ago

READ OH NOYES ITISN"T YOUR IMPOSSIBLE TO SiGN

JJM
Community Member
1 year ago

WHAT?!?!?

Von
Community Member
1 year ago

Time to quit

Emily
Community Member
1 year ago

No, everything I am is possible??

boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

BLE, or BIF?

Andrea Tonon
Community Member
1 year ago

"... nothing, and everything, is possimpible." Barney Stinson.

European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Inspiring ?

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#27

Our To Help Trollies You Move

Our To Help Trollies You Move

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Lazy Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

This doesn’t make sense either way...

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#28

7 Surprising Black Ways To Use Beans

7 Surprising Black Ways To Use Beans

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

I get the stupid title, but seriously black bean smoothies sounds gross!!!!!!!

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#29

So I Fart Old Dust

So I Fart Old Dust

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Jason Doakes
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, this makes just as much sense as the original thought...

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#30

They Are, In Fact, A Particular Sub-Species Of Rock

They Are, In Fact, A Particular Sub-Species Of Rock

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Martata
Community Member
1 year ago

The safe ones are not so bad

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#31

The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out

The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

No thanks, you haven't even figured it out yet.

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#32

Stand Hong With Kong

Stand Hong With Kong

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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Hong and Kong need to get together

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#33

When Your Gym Tryies Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

When Your Gym Tryies Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
Community Member
1 year ago

Trying to be Yoda you are

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#34

Truly Inspiring

Truly Inspiring

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a drunk text.

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#35

Vicious Inc... What?!

Vicious Inc... What?!

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Jane Doe
Community Member
1 year ago

Well he’s not lying there, incest is usually vicious

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#36

This Monstrosity

This Monstrosity

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
1 year ago

So they are happy when I'm miserable?

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#37

From Afar, This Sign Has A Completely Different Meaning

From Afar, This Sign Has A Completely Different Meaning

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Sarahí Covarrubias
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone has problems with children

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#38

Wet Private Clay Parties

Wet Private Clay Parties

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Tiggy Darling
Community Member
1 year ago

My favourite. But I do have the humour of a 9 year old.

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#39

Burn Increase

Burn Increase

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Jjjane20
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

And this must be higher than she is 😂

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#40

Never Ever Ever Beef. Frozen Always

Never Ever Ever Beef. Frozen Always

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Holosexual
Community Member
1 year ago

- Elsa

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