We’re all very mindful of aesthetics, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not. On an instinctive level, we deeply enjoy looking at beautiful things. It’s not only that, though. We want that which is beautiful. Lance Hosey writes in The New York Times: “Brain scan studies reveal that the sight of an attractive product can trigger the part of the motor cerebellum that governs hand movement. Instinctively, we reach out for attractive things; beauty literally moves us.”

However, there is a parallel narrative running alongside this. To put it bluntly—we’re also fascinated by that which is ugly and bizarre. Truly horrendous art, horrible designs, and unaesthetic projects can capture our imagination like nothing else. Whether these things are so unaesthetic they loop back around and become aesthetic becomes a moot question when you’re stuck there, looking deep into the abyss, wondering whether to run away or share the image with your friends.

Luckily, we’re not the only ones who have a fascination with the (un)aesthetic side of the internet. The ‘Things that are not aesthetic’ Facebook page with nearly 3.5 million followers is a celebration of everything that makes us uncomfortable (yet keeps our eyes glued to the screen). Check out some of the most intriguing, weird, and unaesthetic posts featured on the online group, which is part of the Dank Channel project, upvote the ones that you particularly enjoyed hating, and go join them if it’s something that’s right up your alley.

More info: Facebook | DankChannel.com

#1

There's No Time To Explain. Get In The Pea

There's No Time To Explain. Get In The Pea

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Anne
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2 months ago

I hecking LOVE this tiny car

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#2

Don't

Don't

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

I. I. I have to leave i would honk the hell out of that. The don't is so tempting

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#3

My Bubble Bath Better Calm Tf Down

My Bubble Bath Better Calm Tf Down

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Clark Meldrum
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2 months ago

When the soap in your tub is sexier than you are.

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The Dank Channel project was created by Levi Cameron Grenko back in 2013. The social media manager has very ambitious goals, including to "make a difference on the world as a whole" through memes.

This isn’t the first time that Bored Panda has written about crimes against good design and aesthetics. Ugliness and weirdness are both pretty popular, it seems. And they’ve got some things in common.

Recently, I spoke with Swiss design aficionados Jonas Nyffenegger and Sébastien Mathys about their ‘Ugly Design’ project over on Instagram. Ugliness, especially how it clashes with picture-perfect social media feeds, is a fascination of theirs.

#4

I Get It

I Get It

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

I get that. I cant do my best work while people watch me, I fumble and panic and then fumble again coz I'm panicking etc

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#5

Do Not Eat

Do Not Eat

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Tinho
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2 months ago

Love this!

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#6

It's Bad When A Thrift Store Doesn't Like Our Odds For The Future

It's Bad When A Thrift Store Doesn't Like Our Odds For The Future

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Laugh or not
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2 months ago

Sounds about right.

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"As our love for ugliness keeps growing, the line between ugly and beauty is getting a bit blurred," the guys behind the ‘Ugly Design’ page told me during an earlier interview. "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."

Jonas and Sébastien told me that part of the appeal of badly designed objects is that they create a stark contrast to what you can usually find while scrolling down in your Instagram feed.

#7

Okay

Okay

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GGC
Community Member
2 months ago

Love this fun/ surprising masks!

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#8

Hmmm

Hmmm

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beastmachine.
Community Member
2 months ago

Now he's complete!

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#9

Hmmm

Hmmm

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

Lol

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“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,” the pair noted that we should avoid predictability and conventions if we want to get noticed in a space where ‘perfection’ is, more often than not, the norm.

#10

I Appreciate How Well Done This Is, But It Gives Me Severe Anxiety

I Appreciate How Well Done This Is, But It Gives Me Severe Anxiety

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Nubis Knight
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2 months ago

Somehow I like it o.O

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#11

You Gotta Love Trevor, The Emo Pony

You Gotta Love Trevor, The Emo Pony

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
2 months ago

I have to agree. Trevor is darn cute.

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#12

No

No

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May
Community Member
2 months ago

I giggled at this - I'm not proud

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“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,” they said. “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.”

It should be clear by now that unaesthetic things and designs are just as important as aesthetic ones, as far as inspiration and social commentary both go. However, which ones grab our attention the hardest is still up for grabs. 

#13

Found This Cool Dress On Clearance

Found This Cool Dress On Clearance

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

It's red!

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#14

Aesthetic Shadow

Aesthetic Shadow

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Deepshikha Kumari
Community Member
2 months ago

He is really handsome but that shadow did dirty to him 😂

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#15

Jfc That’s Horrifying

Jfc That’s Horrifying

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Thomas E S Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago

As shocking as that is, it's a good way to prevent corrupt customs officials from confiscating it for their own use.

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#16

This Would Work Better Than Giving Me Flowers

This Would Work Better Than Giving Me Flowers

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
2 months ago

I have to assume this is an inside joke.

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#17

The Surgery Went Perfectly

The Surgery Went Perfectly

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TmKhr
Community Member
2 months ago

Cinderella ended up looking like her stepsisters

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#18

But When Are You Hiring?

But When Are You Hiring?

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TmKhr
Community Member
2 months ago

Right now!!

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#19

Oh, Sweet Jesus

Oh, Sweet Jesus

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Full name
Community Member
2 months ago

reminds me of onward

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#20

“I Don’t Need To Trace It...i Know How Big Letters Should Be.”-John Mulaney

“I Don’t Need To Trace It...i Know How Big Letters Should Be.”-John Mulaney

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

"I'm kidding" - John Mulaney

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#21

Going Into Trendy Restaurants Like

Going Into Trendy Restaurants Like

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

Chicken pillows. It sounds a bit risqué XD

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#22

My Dog When I'm Changing The Sheets On My Bed And She Refuses To Move

My Dog When I'm Changing The Sheets On My Bed And She Refuses To Move

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
2 months ago

I doubt this is real.

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#23

Bow Hunting With Style

Bow Hunting With Style

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Rowlie
Community Member
2 months ago

Coulb be a hunting trophy from his previous catch

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#24

I’m Intrigued

I’m Intrigued

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JB
Community Member
2 months ago

A corn for your cabbage.

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#25

It's A Tiny Stage For A Mouse Comedian

It's A Tiny Stage For A Mouse Comedian

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

ok !! so now i want to put mini chairs and mini tables and mini lamps and create a whole mini theater around it

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#26

That Is Not Aesthetic

That Is Not Aesthetic

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Prilsy
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2 months ago

Don't overthink this

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#27

Idk What’s More Embarrassing: Owning These, Or Getting Your Ass Whooped By Someone Wearing These

Idk What’s More Embarrassing: Owning These, Or Getting Your Ass Whooped By Someone Wearing These

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mcborge1
Community Member
2 months ago

Din Djarin's beach shoes (the Mandalorian).

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#28

Apartment Balcony, But Inside

Apartment Balcony, But Inside

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Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a remodeled prison. Kind of a clever way of handling it

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#29

Slice Out Negativity, It’s A Lifestyle

Slice Out Negativity, It’s A Lifestyle

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wifeofweasley
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2 months ago

I'm pretty sure his favorite food is pizza... just guessing so don't old me down on that

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#30

Thomas Has Never Seen Such Jerry Rigging

Thomas Has Never Seen Such Jerry Rigging

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beastmachine.
Community Member
2 months ago

It was time for Thomas to leave, he had seen enough.

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#31

When The Birthmark Is Part Of The Tattoo

When The Birthmark Is Part Of The Tattoo

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James016
Community Member
2 months ago

Stay classy, whoever you are.

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#32

Do I Have To Wear Anything Under It? ( O Y O )

Do I Have To Wear Anything Under It? ( O Y O )

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
2 months ago

I would definitely wear this over a fitted tee. My arms get colder than my torso.

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#33

Just Yeehaw It

Just Yeehaw It

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Sherrill Uliasz
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2 months ago

I just cringe looking at those!!!😬

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#34

Hmm

Hmm

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James016
Community Member
2 months ago

Can you play “the brown note” on it.

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#35

Oof

Oof

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Nubis Knight
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2 months ago

Bruce Campbell memoriam animals...

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