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.

Jill Pulcifer
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4 months ago

and an F for effectiveness, thats a super loose knit for a mask.

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Sancho Cruz
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4 months ago

It's cute but not helpful

Em Wal
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4 months ago

If you wear a better mask underneath it, then it's still functional and might just brighten someone's day

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Hilary Mol
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4 months ago

If Janice the Muppet was a mask

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
4 months ago

That is one creative grandma

BusLady
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4 months ago

She's going stir crazy in lock down, and running out of things to crochet. All the grandkids are like: You've already made me 15 sweaters.

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Amy Tarleton
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4 months ago

Those glasses though

Ms.M.
Community Member
4 months ago

Nana, NO!

La La Lynch
Community Member
1 month ago

I wouldn't have placed this in the "Ugly Designs" category. It's pretty interesting & unique, in my opinion.

Karin Gibson
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4 months ago

Crochet. Not much use for a mask but kind of cute if it had a liner.

Abhinav Thomas
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4 months ago

This is amazing

Thatshedley Ibohjin
Community Member
4 months ago

wonderful

ᴍɪᴋᴀꜱᴀ ᴀᴄᴋᴇʀᴍᴀɴ
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1 month ago

-THIS IS NOICE YALL UWU-

Johanne Trudeau
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3 months ago

Totally ineffective as a face covering and I'm sorry those glasses are horrendous...

JD Lee
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3 months ago

Ok, I’ll be the jerk & say it; does anyone else see the sock monkey?

Lydia Coy
Community Member
4 months ago

Gross and creepy

NanZ
Community Member
4 months ago

Excellent!!

Abhinav Thomas
Community Member
4 months ago

I want one

Sue Prewitt
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4 months ago

hope she lined it

Cynthia Humphreys
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1 week ago

Useless

FurryPotatoCat
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1 week ago

funny, but those gaps make for a painfully ineffective mask!

La La Lynch
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1 month ago

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Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, unless there is a filter under there, uselss

Viv Hart
Community Member
3 months ago

Hope there is a good masking material on the back of that.

Leisa Farrow
Community Member
3 months ago

I actually think this is great! Ya gotta keep a sense of humor in these trying times. You can see she definitely has that going for her.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
3 months ago

Um, yeah Grandma - that's not how masks are supposed to work.

Mae Mosse
Community Member
3 months ago

That is not gonna keep out any bacteria/viruses

Lisa Anne
Community Member
3 months ago

Not ugly! Fashion stops for no one, not even a virus.

Ann Turner-Drevalas
Community Member
3 months ago

actually that isn't knitting, it's crochet

Bobbi de Haan
Community Member
3 months ago

I hope there is an effective mask under that crochet

Petra Pan
Community Member
3 months ago

Reminds me of Zorro (in a cute way).

Stephen Hutchison
Community Member
3 months ago

Any mask gets upvoted, ugly masks get double-upvoted. It needs to be backed up with kleenex or a filter though, those holes are large enough to let a lot of plague-droplets out if she were to sneeze or cough.

Coco
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3 months ago

hahjahhja I want this one for myself.

Debbie
Community Member
3 months ago

hope she doesn't use for protection these days

Cindy Goode
Community Member
3 months ago

lol

JJM
Community Member
3 months ago

Now that is a creative way to endure the pandemic. I want one.

Maggie Lewis
Community Member
3 months ago

oh no, no , no no no no no...did I say No....yes, I did...ooooh no.

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
3 months ago

if tht is suppoe a mask, FAIL

Steve Cruz
Community Member
3 months ago

Her ensemble is fabulous! The spectacles, earrings, pink blouse, it all works!

fenderfan85
Community Member
3 months ago

Hard to believe she thinks those glasses actually look good smh

Karen Ballou
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s crochet.

Roberto Durante
Community Member
3 months ago

even you say it with a rose, it shut op your mouth

Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

Fabulous, but by crikey, it's make you sweat!

Sheryl Thompson
Community Member
3 months ago

That is hilarious !!

kathryn stretton
Community Member
4 months ago

Is it the face mask or the glasses we're looking at here?

ERIN W.
Community Member
4 months ago

CUTE, CLEVER, AND FUNNY, BUT I COULDN'T WEAR IT! I would suffocate!

Beach Blox
Community Member
4 months ago

Juicy Lips

Rhys Tal Cernunnos
Community Member
4 months ago

This is actually cute and clever.

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
4 months ago

Yaas please!

Katinka Min
Community Member
4 months ago

Useless as a mask but a fun piece of work.

PjandBolt
Community Member
4 months ago

Idk about this case, but people can put fabric behind the knitting, like a mask for the mask to pretty it up if that makes sense.

Max L.
Community Member
4 months ago

Blue Oyster is back in business

Bhuvy
Community Member
4 months ago

Ok but it's not going to provide protection 🙄

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
4 months ago

Hope she only intended this for show, or wear a real mask under it (too hot to do that now, though). Just sayin’.

Phunny Philosopher
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4 months ago

Freaky. I'd run the other way.

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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