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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4 months ago

Don't I look like a jackass?

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Daria B
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4 months ago

His face says it all.

Toujin C'Thlu
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4 months ago

He knows how ridiculous it looks, yet can't say anything.

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Scagsy
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4 months ago

Actually quite clever

Ms.M.
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4 months ago

That soup doesn't look very appetizing

Jon S.
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4 months ago

Cool for a theme restaurant

Hilary Mol
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4 months ago

And over here we have the time-out area for managers who need their feet put to the fire to actually get something done.

Ivo Duarte Nogueira
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4 months ago

Soupervisor

Trying so hard thinking
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4 months ago

"Lookin' for some hot stuff, baby this evenin' I need some hot stuff, baby tonight I want some hot stuff, baby this evenin' Gotta have some hot stuff Gotta have some love tonight"

Tiffany
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4 months ago

Thanks. Now that's going to be in my head alllllll day. :-)

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Vanta Black
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4 months ago

He's the soup-ervisor!

NoodleBear
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4 months ago

I actually like this

Be Potato
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4 months ago

This is quite hilarious :') But I think that it is pretty interesting!

kasa alex
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4 months ago

He should be dressed like a lobster or something

Raine Soo
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4 months ago

There is nothing like looking as if you are being boiled alive.

Kathy Baylis
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4 months ago

Who are we having for dinner today, honey?

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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4 months ago

This is so bizarre and over the top and makes me think of something you would see in a corny sitcom- I kind of secretly love it.

Sancho Cruz
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4 months ago

Yes that's hot!

chi-wei shen
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4 months ago

The ladle is good for tip money.

Nini Meow
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4 months ago

Tip not that common in India.

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Karen Chaddock
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3 months ago

He's stewing in his own juices !

Dawn Murin
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3 months ago

He's stewing in his own shame lol!

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BusLady
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4 months ago

I've heard of working in a sweatshop, but this is ridiculous.

MRS FLASHMAN
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4 months ago

Soups ON!

Animal lover❤
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4 months ago

I find this actually very clever

HempFairy
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4 months ago

I wanna throw some carrots, onions and potatoes in there.

JKE
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4 months ago

Doesn't Spongebob work there?

CincyReds
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3 months ago

I don't know, I think it is kind of cool!

Marvin HoG
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3 months ago

That is hilarious

Stephen Hutchison
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3 months ago

Welcome to Cannibal's, I mean, Campbell's Soup...

Josurf
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4 months ago

He's boiling with anger...

Brittania Kelli
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4 months ago

Ahh, yes, the ever popular Cannibal Cafe...

RitaGG
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4 months ago

I'll take it to go.

Emmy Poliseno
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4 months ago

Missionary Stew

Chusni Chetanwa
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4 months ago

india

Anne
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4 months ago

We have a restaurant called Mr Canibal.. maybe this is something similar? (And yes, meat only dishes there!)

SweetCee
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4 months ago

That guy could not look more thrilled

ebony1k124 touch
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4 months ago

What's cooking?

Stannous Flouride
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4 months ago

AH, so THAT'S the missionary position.

Banjo Peppers
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1 month ago

This is hilarious

Elaine Mattingly
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3 months ago

Where's the beef?

Petra Pan
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3 months ago

I had this as my WhatsApp dp for a while. lol

Feriha Emir
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3 months ago

awesome.

Coco
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3 months ago

sorry, this one is awesome xD

Cindy Goode
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3 months ago

Terrible!

Shaurya Joshi
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3 months ago

OH NO there going to boil him!

Steve Cruz
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3 months ago

I like the idea, but the rim is insufficient to set anything on and the base looks like a tripping hazard.

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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3 months ago

Working for Hannibal the Cannibal

Johanne Trudeau
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3 months ago

That's a helluva big pot!!

Margaret Hooper
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3 months ago

What else are you meant to do with your cooking pot, now cannibalism is banned?

Flavia Slag
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3 months ago

What? Where is this?

Richard Brown
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3 months ago

The manager was later questioned for cooking the books but he said he needed to light a fire under his staff to get them to work

Olga Onal
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3 months ago

There’s fire burning under him

supportive_plant_mom
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4 months ago

Oh... Oh my

Ivan Martin
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4 months ago (edited)

Pot chief

Rhys Tal Cernunnos
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4 months ago

I think it is actually quite clever.

Linda HS
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4 months ago

Nope

Kimberley Thomas
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4 months ago

What’s the blue light underneath for? Does the boss send people here when they’re fired? Is the spoon for tips or suggestions?

zuza.konik
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4 months ago

i would love the irony if they sell lobsters

Shelley Jennings
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4 months ago

It even has the blue gas at the bottom to help him boil 🤣😂

Shelley Jennings
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4 months ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Jane Thorne-Gutierrez
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4 months ago

The burner pad on floor is genius!

Nadine Khazaka
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4 months ago

Ron Swanson's new desk.

Chris DiFonso
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4 months ago

WHY?

kasa alex
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4 months ago

Lol

Michael Se
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4 months ago

One of the many indignities suffered by service workers. Why would any customer treat you with respect when your job can't be bothered to.

glowworm2
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4 months ago

It's clever if it's a soup themed restaurant.

Nini Meow
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4 months ago

Yes it is 🙂

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Lauren Caswell
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4 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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4 months ago

Hey, that's cool!

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ZoSanUltra
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4 months ago

So cute, lol

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Helen Haley
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4 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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4 months ago

disgusting

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ZoSanUltra
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4 months ago

Pretty fun looking, actually

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Mimi777
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

When your grandparents are also secret agents hiding valued secret information

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tima
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4 months ago

RIP (relax in peace)

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

Oh, hell, no. These look creepy.

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tima
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4 months ago

actually i love it. i want one 😍

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Scagsy
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4 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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4 months ago

As a tech nerd I actually think this is really cool

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HempFairy
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4 months ago

Interesting concept.

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ZoSanUltra
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4 months ago

Is it weird that I actually really like this?

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Scagsy
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4 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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4 months ago

CREEPY

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Van Nguyen
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4 months ago

it's funny

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Daria B
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4 months ago

The two buildings are kissing ♡

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Toujin C'Thlu
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4 months ago

Someone *really* likes Bernie

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ZoSanUltra
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4 months ago

That's one way to lose weight..

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ZoSanUltra
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4 months ago

I like it xD

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zims
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4 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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4 months ago

Does anyone else see the Jesus' image?

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Scagsy
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4 months ago

Anybody got a light?

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

Whats next, toe jam toothpaste.

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zims
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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

The bean tin just adds to the overall appeal

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