Prepare to feast your eyes on the crème de la crème of ugly designs that are so cringy that they’re good. Well, almost. The Ugly Design Instagram page has over 572k followers who wait for the newest posts, curated by Swiss founders Jonas Nyffenegger and Sébastien Mathys.

We’ve collected some of the ugliest designs you’ve probably seen all week (and all month, we’re hoping), so scroll down, upvote your fave pics, and let us know in the comments which of these designs left the biggest impression on you.

The founders of the IG account told Bored Panda that they believe they found so much success over the years because of the contrast between their posts and the many pictures on Instagram that are “norm-perfect.” Read on for the full interview!

More info: Instagram | Tumblr | Ugly.Design

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Don't I look like a jackass?

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Daria B
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2 months ago

His face says it all.

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

I like that

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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.”

According to the founders, what keeps them inspired to keep on posting ugly designs is that they enjoy the unexpected. “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 said, adding that they feel that ugly designs feel like a bottomless, never-ending pit.

“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,” they said, pointing out that ugly designs can be beautiful and inspirational, too.

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Katrin P.
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2 months ago

Hey, that's cool!

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ZoSanUltra
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2 months ago

So cute, lol

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Helen Haley
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2 months ago

That looks super uncomfortable.

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The main mission of Ugly Design is to find unexpected, extraordinary, and strange design pieces and then share them with the world. Or, as the creators of the page put it, “minimalism is a dead end.”

One of the founders, Sébastien, who calls himself a “professional Googler,” is a partner at a small graphic design and type studio, as well as the team lead of a screenprint workshop. Meanwhile, Jonas studies product design at ECAL in Switzerland, is a “trash digger,” and works as a designer at a furniture company in Stockholm.

According to Sébastien, he considers ugly to be beautiful. “I would cry if there weren’t any ugly designers anymore, if all our surrounding objects and items looked the same,” he told Artsy.

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tima
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2 months ago

disgusting

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ZoSanUltra
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2 months ago

Pretty fun looking, actually

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Mimi777
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2 months ago

Aw I bet a lot of time went into knitting this. I give her an A for effort.

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He has a great point: imagine how boring life would be if everything was beautiful and there were no contrasts with ugly things. Even worse, there wouldn’t be anything that we could point at while shouting, “Oh my God, look at that! What is that?!” It’s an important part of being human and it’s not something that we’re willing to give up. That’s why Ugly Design is so beautiful.

The roots of Ugly Design stretch back to 2013 after Sébastien and Jonas met while studying design in Switzerland. They went to an international furniture fair in Milan where they saw a bathtub that was reimagined as a sofa. They then started a friendly competition to see who could come up with the ugliest design.

The idea behind Ugly Design was fully realized in 2015. After spending a year on Tumblr, it hopped on over to Instagram where it found lots of popularity and became fully-fledged while “disrupting people’s perfect feed.”

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Evelína Zlá
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2 months ago

It looks like some insect eggs or something... and it must be very comfy...

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Can the priest/pastor or whatever actually hear themselves over the beach sounds.

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

How does one go about getting a shirt in the exact same print as the upholstery?

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“We want to share an alternative aesthetic, something different from most Instagram design curators who more or less post the same content. The uglier the better,” the pair told i-D.

Jonas added: “In the beginning, we considered ugliness in design as a negative phenomenon and were trying to highlight designs that we were taught to think of as bad. Slowly, we started to see a lot of nuances in this ugly aesthetic and we no longer consider ugly as negative or pejorative.”

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tima
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2 months ago

plot twist: you'll find inside it a small, very small leather bag

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Daria B
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2 months ago

When your grandparents are also secret agents hiding valued secret information

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tima
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2 months ago

RIP (relax in peace)

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Oh, hell, no. These look creepy.

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tima
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2 months ago

actually i love it. i want one 😍

Vic
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes you like it now, but try using the mouse when the carpet is flying all around the house.

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Phil T
Community Member
2 months ago

Not weird or ugly. Cool, actually. I have one of these - it's a great little mousepad

daniel
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2 months ago

i have a similar one my mother got me from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian years ago. Still use it. Excellent mouse pad.

Howard Moody
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2 months ago

Got one 20200724_2...cca4a4.jpg 20200724_204352-5f1b80fcca4a4.jpg

Animal lover
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2 months ago

How do you post fotos

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Rukmani Krishnan
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2 months ago

Kind of cute, actually!

Lonneke de Goey
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2 months ago

But it ties the room together dude!

Ceri Mcclellan
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2 months ago

You beat me to it 😝

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Izzy_
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2 months ago

Fancy mouse!

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
2 months ago

This is adorable!!!!!😄

Tonks
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow! I have that very design on my rug!

Vicky Zar
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2 months ago

Love it

Jon S.
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2 months ago

I'm actually loving this one.

Allen Lavine
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2 months ago

Is this for a gang member who's taking computer classes

HempFairy
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2 months ago

Me likeyyyyyyy! Take my money!

Robin DJW
Community Member
2 months ago

I have always liked these. Why is it thought ugly?

kasa alex
Community Member
2 months ago

This actual looks like my grandad's rug that I have in my study...maybe I also need this matching mousepad

Eric Mac Fadden
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2 months ago

I USE ONE FOR AT LEAST 12 YEARS!

Lisa Anne
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2 months ago

Gettin' pretentious at the office

Kawaii_Audrey
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2 months ago

I think this is really cute :3. I would give my mouse some eyes with pant and a whole house XD

Juan Hernandez
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2 months ago

were do i buy

RitaGG
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2 months ago

I have one of these. Really nice smooth surface.

Laura Roney
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1 month ago

I've got one of these !!!

Shinobi Shabby
Community Member
2 months ago

I have two and I love them!

Carole Hamilton
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2 months ago

i have two of these

Farnaz Khoshbakht
Community Member
2 months ago

ugly...?!!??!?!?!??!?!?

Donna Gettings Apperson
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2 months ago

I have one of these. Mine's a blue oriental rug.

Petra Pan
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2 months ago

Absolutely gorg. Had one, from ikea.

MantisKeeper
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2 months ago

how is this ugly?

Stephen Hutchison
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2 months ago

This is not bad design.

Anna Repp
Community Member
2 months ago

These have been around for ages. I always wanted one.

backatya
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2 months ago

I saw these somewhere. They actually sell them

Rosario De la Torre
Community Member
2 months ago

I love this, now I'm going to buy one lol.

Cecile Desjardins
Community Member
2 months ago

Its beautiful

Wendy Bryan
Community Member
2 months ago

👍💟

Ginger Rogue
Community Member
2 months ago

I have one. Completely different color and pattern. They come in a huge variety.

Phil Bowerman
Community Member
2 months ago

Go to mouserug.com

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 months ago

I like that!

Suebee70
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a Mouse Rug - I've had 2 over the years. They're gorgeous and functional. Unfortunately, my newest mouse won't track on the mouse rug, so I'm back to a regular mouse pad. :-( You can get bookmarks and coasters too! :-)

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
2 months ago

Where can I get one of these?

Michelle C
Community Member
2 months ago

Heyyyy!!!!! I have one of those and one for my coffee mug!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
2 months ago

Aladdin is at home

Mumof1
Community Member
2 months ago

Is that a very small rug or a very big mouse?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
2 months ago

This is cute!!

Katrin Faridani
Community Member
2 months ago

I have something similar and don’t consider this ugly at all.

Emyo Jennifer Nakayama
Community Member
2 months ago

I have two!

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
2 months ago

does it flight? original though...

Richard Brown
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2 months ago

Is it me or does it look like it's hovering?

Haevyn
Community Member
2 months ago

Man shut up.. I love my rug mouse pad.

Jay Loren
Community Member
2 months ago

I think that's really cute AND it's washable

Saint Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago

It really ties the desk together.

DanieLegz
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2 months ago

"A whole new PC worrrrrrrld"

Ivan Martin
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2 months ago

Looks like a souvenir from middle east

ERIN W.
Community Member
2 months ago

I like that that looks sorta "CLASSY"!

Rhys Tal Cernunnos
Community Member
2 months ago

Cute. Where can we get them?

cade
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazon has them. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081GQ73Q1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_a33hFb332Q7C1 They used to be available in a set with matching coaster.

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Jonathan Armstrong
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2 months ago

Uh yes such a basic mouse. I have one, with the matching keyboard. It just adds no flair to the desk. (I'm not stupid. I know it's pointing out the mousepad.)

ivan bolitekurac
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks cool,not only as a mousepad

Hugh Walter
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a doll's house carpet, re-purposed. The clever ones are actually woven, this looks printed, but nothing 'ugly' about it?

Kitsune Fox Girl
Community Member
2 months ago

my teacher has one

Josurf
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2 months ago

Only to be used when oriented to Mekka.

Lydia Coy
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2 months ago

Whats so wrong with this

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
2 months ago

I have small ones. Took them from my granddad, who used them as coasters, when he passed and my kids have them in their dollhouse.

Ari
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol I find this pretty cute for some reason...

Craig Richard
Community Member
2 months ago

Its a prayer mat for muslims, kinda disrespectful

Craig Richard
Community Member
2 months ago

Or is it? Why else would it be here?

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Kimberley Thomas
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2 months ago

This I would buy for it looks bigger than the mouse pads I’ve bought.

Animal lover
Community Member
2 months ago

What is ugly???

Michelle C.
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s a magic carpet ride

TTorrest Author
Community Member
2 months ago

What is this? A rug for ANTS? (P.S. You can buy one of these from a dollhouse furniture place.)

Robin Nash
Community Member
2 months ago

I used to sell those. They were very popular.

Abhinav Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago

Elegant

Bathsheba
Community Member
2 months ago

Some of these (SOME of these...) are actually freaking awesome.

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh, I've got one too! It wasn't sold as a mouse pad but I'm sure it would work. It was a sample from a carpet company in Turkey.

Debster
Community Member
2 months ago

What am i missing?

Data1001
Community Member
2 months ago

You're missing not having a fancy rug mousepad, naturally. Go get one! ;-)

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

I'll have a sirloin please and do you have peppercorn sauce?

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John-Paul Bitler
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2 months ago

As a tech nerd I actually think this is really cool

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HempFairy
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2 months ago

Interesting concept.

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ZoSanUltra
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2 months ago

Is it weird that I actually really like this?

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

You could lie face down and pretend you'd been mugged by a giant

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tima
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2 months ago

CREEPY

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Van Nguyen
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2 months ago

it's funny

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Daria B
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2 months ago

The two buildings are kissing ♡

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Toujin C'Thlu
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2 months ago

Someone *really* likes Bernie

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ZoSanUltra
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2 months ago

That's one way to lose weight..

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ZoSanUltra
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2 months ago

I like it xD

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zims
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2 months ago

This one's actually neat, I can see how it can be laid on different angles to create different sitting/laying arrangements. It just looks awkward because she's using it as a computer chair.

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Yayaboobo
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2 months ago

Does anyone else see the Jesus' image?

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Anybody got a light?

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Whats next, toe jam toothpaste.

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zims
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2 months ago

Eh, this one's not bad, it's an innocent color combo with our minds making associations where there are none intended.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

When your phone becomes your best friend and you need someone to hold your hand.

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

The bean tin just adds to the overall appeal

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