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.

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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

MrTree1779
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4 months ago

Birken-socks.

Hilary Mol
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4 months ago

Check out the latest thing from the How To Embarrass Your Kids line!

b l a n c
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4 months ago

it's just socks though, nothing embarrassing. most socks have funny designs like this

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kathryn stretton
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4 months ago

Perfect Secret Santa gift.

Shelley Jennings
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4 months ago

Friends don't let friends wear socks and sandals 🤣

Electric Ed
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4 months ago

I NEED THIS!

gracefullikeagazelle
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4 months ago

Stocking stuffer!

Bill Taylor
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4 months ago

Every professor I had in college, not just the socks though.

JKE
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4 months ago

Nope. Just nope.

Andrew Vince
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4 months ago

I have a pair of these bought as a joke gift. (Never worn)

whitney sweat
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5 days ago

birkensocks

CincyReds
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4 months ago

I like this one!

Lisa Anne
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4 months ago

Summer socks for Dad

Petra Pan
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4 months ago

As an avid sock wearer, I love this.

backatya
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4 months ago

jesus socks

Hetal Vyas
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4 months ago

I bought these socks for my dad for Christmas a few years ago

Tina Harbour
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4 months ago

as if that combo wasn't ugly enough already...

JD Lee
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4 months ago

Target market; Pacific Northwest.

supportive_plant_mom
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4 months ago

That... That my friend is illegal

King Bugs Bunny
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4 months ago

I really thought those were sandals

Hugh Walter
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4 months ago

They're not 'sock sandals', they're sandal-socks anyone can see that!

ebony1k124 touch
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4 months ago

Still shouldn't be worn outside of the house, lol.

Mia
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4 months ago

Brilliant!

Nadine Khazaka
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4 months ago

For your white dad's summer feeling year round.

Abhinav Thomas
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4 months ago

Funky

Toea Muresan Iulia
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4 months ago

great, now let's draw underpants!

Vanta Black
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4 months ago

Tenacious D!

Lucy Gray Baird🐦🐍
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4 months ago

I actually thought for a second that they were berks

Night Owl
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4 months ago

Is it made in Germany? :D

Erika Jones
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4 months ago

Dad gift!

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Why?

Kyana Winter
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4 months ago

When you can't afford birkenstocks

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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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