132 Horrible Times Designers Forgot All Common Sense (Best Of All Time)

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Dieter Rams, the godfather of industrial design, defined ‘good design’ as making the product useful, understandable, innovative, aesthetic, unobtrusive, honest, and long-lasting. But that’s not even close to being all! It also has to be thorough to the last detail, environmentally friendly, and involve as little design as possible. Over time, these ten principles have become the blueprint for design, inspiring many creators worldwide. 

However, not all stick to such guidelines, producing many various design failures, which this successful subreddit takes pride in collecting. We, at Bored Panda, have published quite a few articles reviewing them, and today we are treating you to a list of some of the best, or perhaps worst ones, that make people scratch their heads from confusion. To find them, all you have to do is scroll down.

#1 Toilets And Mirror Ceiling

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#2 This Clothing Display

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#3 This Elevator

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Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer known for his less but better approach to design, outlined the characteristics of good design so creators know what is expected of them. He had immense influence in this field and helped to shape how products in the 20th and early 21st centuries looked and worked. Alarm clocks, toothbrushes, and coffeemakers are just a few of his hallmarks. 

In the late 1970s, Rams tried to figure out the world around him, asking himself the important question, “Is my design good design?” The answer led him to his ten principles, which we’re going to discuss more below.

#4 Pulling Tissues From This Box Feels… Uncomfortable

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#5 Professor, I Can’t Get These Audio Files In Our Textbook To Play

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#6 Nothing Like The Smell Of Coffee And A Good Eye-Stab In The Morning

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First, a designer should always strive for innovation. The world is constantly progressing, and new technologies are offering plenty of opportunities for novel and inventive ideas. Therefore, design has to keep up by taking these creative ideas and turning them into useful solutions to modern problems. 

Innovation in design can take many forms. It can involve new materials or technologies, rethinking traditional ways of designing, or finding fresh solutions to impractical issues. By embracing innovation, creators can come up with products that aren’t only functional but also sustainable and cost-effective.

#7 Sign At A Local Beach

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#8 I Bought A Billboard To Promote My Business And They Screwed Up The Formatting

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#9 Crystal Furniture Set That Looks Like Raw Meat

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Even in the 1970s, Rams was concerned with the environment, waste, and consumer culture. In his 1976 speech, he said, “I imagine our current situation will cause future generations to shudder at the thoughtlessness in the way in which we today fill our homes, our cities, and our landscape with a chaos of assorted junk.”


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#11 This Bath Bomb’s Final Color

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#12 Spoiler

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With fewer and fewer natural resources, he believes that both buyers and designers should take responsibility for the state our world is in. He calls for an end to wastefulness and continues to advocate sustainable and innovative creations. 

#13 Tell Your Wedding Guests To Die

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#14 Gas Station In Nebraska. The Station’s Color Scheme Was Red. They Tried To Get Artsy

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#15 The Placement Of This Baby’s Head Wasn’t Quite Thought Through

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It’s self-explanatory that the main reason people buy a product is so they can use it. That’s why design shouldn’t detract from its usefulness either. However, an item that is considered useful to one may be entirely useless to others, so the specific criteria that determine this remain difficult to define.

#16 I Think I Know Why

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#17 Just Why

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#18 Being Gay Was A Sin They Said

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Something that makes buyers use the item more is if it’s aesthetically pleasing. When we don’t enjoy the look of it, we are less likely to pick it up.

Without a doubt, it should also be easy to utilize without any details interfering with the user’s experience. By saying that design should be unobtrusive, Rams is emphasizing the importance of simplicity and usability. Choosing a classic design that never looks outdated also prevents more products from ending up in landfills.

#19 This Amazing Pregnancy Test

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#20 How Much Do You Trust Your “Multilingual” Ad Designer?

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#21 This Flower Print Dress

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Finally, the product should be honest with its consumers, meaning that a person shouldn’t feel disappointed when an item doesn’t work as well as they hoped. So the design should be as innovative, powerful, or valuable as it claims to be. According to Rams, products should be reliable, durable and allow people to use them as they were intended to be used.

#22 This Unfortunately Designed Kid’s Balloon

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#23 Oh Boy, There’s Platypus Period In My Tea!

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#24 For When You Want A Near Death Experience Every Time You Use The Stairs

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In a nutshell, the best design won’t require extra explaining to its users, who will very much appreciate how simple yet thoughtful creations understand the people they are designed for. Jared Spool, the American writer, researcher, and usability expert, put it best, “Good design, when it’s done well, becomes invisible. It’s only when it’s done poorly that we notice it.”

#25 Proofreading This Book Couldn’t Have Been That Hard

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#26 Unfortunate Dog Placement

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#27 This Catholic School Logo

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#28 Smh

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#29 Perfect Design

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#30 Put Barbecue Sauce Inside For Extra Confusion

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#31 Rose Uh ?

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#32 A Scene From An Indian TV Show

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#33 Idk I’m European

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#34 Dial 999 For…oh

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#35 The Pockets On Women’s Trousers

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#36 This Kid Mannequin

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#37 Our Municiplaity Made Bike Lanes For Us Finally!

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#38 Striped Carpet On Hotel Stairs. Hard To Use Even After Two Weeks And Completly Sober

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#39 This Sign At The Akron Zoo That Looks Like A Man Peeing In His Own Face

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#40 Natural Beauty – Four Pairs Of Legs For Three Enourmous Torsos

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#41 Love Handles

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#42 Attention

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#43 Urban Planning

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#44 I’m Just Gonna Let The Fire Consume Me

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#45 Winnie

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#46 My Company Wanted To Make Our Fountain Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness. Didn’t…. Quite Get It Right

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#47 It’s A Trap!

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#48 Probably It’s More Convenient

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#49 When Life Gives You Lemons

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#50 When Your Security Gate Is A Ladder

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#51 I Didn’t Qualify For This Paid Survey After Selecting “No”

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#52 This Ad Placement

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#53 The ‘Bathroom’ In My Airbnb Will 100% Result In Shi**y Encounters With The Host

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#54 Closer Than You Think

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#55 I Think They Forgot To Photoshop The Other B**b

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#56 The Elders At My Brother-In-Law’s Church Got To Design The Church League Softball Shirts. The Thought “Cli” (Christian Life International) Alone Wouldn’t Signify A Church, So They Added The Cross. Magnificent

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#57 Commas People

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#58 A New Park Opened In My City, Pretty Lovely, And This. Buttcleaner3000

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#59 Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men’s Change Room. Problem Solved

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#60 That’s Not How It Works

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#61 Black One Is Salt, White One Pepper

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#62 We Cut Kids

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#63 Wow! What A Bargain!

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#64 A Nail Or A Screw

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#65 A Bag Of Apples With A Character On It That Got Poisoned By An Apple

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#66 Hey High School Bulldog, Meet My High School Wildcat

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#67 Be Positive?

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#68 The New School In My Community Has A Wheel Chair Access Button For The Door, But No Way For A Person In A Wheel Chair To Reach It

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#69 They Just Don’t Go Together

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#70 I Don’t Know If This Fits Here, But Do Not Leave Children Unattended At Whole Foods

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#71 Diapers For Mutant Baby

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#72 Architect: So How Many Windows We Thinking? Client: Yes

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#73 I Needed Red. Guess Which One I Grabbed At First

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#74 This Bus

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#75 We Are The Borg. Resistance Is Futile

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#76 So, It’s Fine Then?

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#77 My Arms Are About 7 Feet Long, So This Wasn’t An Issue For Me

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#78 Parking Fee Just Gotten Real

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#79 Put Barbed Wire Across The Top Of The Gate. We Don’t Want Anyone Climbing Over It

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#80 Ho Ho-No

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#81 Pretty Sure He’s Using It Wrong

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#82 A-Maza-Ing – Design

#83 Tunashamed

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#84 This Clock Store In Benghazi, Libya

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#85 We All Party Down Here

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#86 Noted

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#87 Forever 21 Does Not Know How To Use Photoshop Or What Women Actually Look Like

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#88 The Clock Hands Don’t Glow

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#89 It Almost Seems Intentional

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#90 “We Need To Decorate The Toilet For The Disabled.” “Say No More”

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#91 Unfortunate Hole Placement

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#92 That’s Gonna Be An Easy Ride

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#93 What Animal Is That?

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#94 Take My Honey

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#95 The Circle Of Life

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#96 Almost Broke My Leg

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#97 Don’t Wake Anybody Up If You’re Exiting The Motel During A Fire!

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#98 This Captain Of The Submarine In My English Book

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#99 People Wearing Face Masks Looking Like Monsters

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#100 They Stopped Construction On The New Burger King In My Hometown Because The Building Is Backwards. They Put A Whole Building Up Backwards!

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#101 This Isn’t Even My Final Form

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#102 Stay Home!

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#103 To Motivate

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#104 Honey, You Really Shouldn’t Have

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#105 I Can’t Even

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#106 My Son Just Asked Me Why This Lady Is Reading Poop Magazine. I’m So Proud

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#107 Because I Can See Through Stainless Steel

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#108 Sub-Par ATM Placement. Way Sub-Par

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#109 This Kid Friendly Hand Sanitizer Package. Looks Like One Of Those Apple Sauce Things, No?

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#110 I Was Having A Good Day Until I Went To The Supermarket

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#111 One Armed Mother And A Demon Child

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#112 Step 4: Just Go Sit In Some Other Chair

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#113 My High School Commissioned A Bulldog Statue! This Is The Result

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#114 These Pull Tabs That Never Come Off

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#115 Plant Dyed Underwear On Etsy

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#116 Lex? Sex? Derp? Lox? Nope, It’s Supposed To Say Jax For Jacksonville, Florida For $18 Million Dollars

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#117 Best Cat Carrier To Contain Your Sexy Cat

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#118 This Bench. Where I Live It Is Very Hot And It Is Impossible To Sit In This Park

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#119 Why Is Clear A Green Button While Enter Is Yellow? I Kept Accidentally Clearing My Pin

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#120 Sometimes It’s Okay To Judge A Book By Its Cover

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#121 Vicious Incest?!

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#122 Correct Punctuation Is A Must!

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#123 I’ve Been Conditioned To Recognize This As “Do Not”

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#124 These New Public Trash Cans In The Us City I Live In (Binghamton, NY) That Definitely Won’t Confuse Older Folks Trying To Send Mail

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#125 Very Long Message Warning (While Driving) Not To Take Your Eyes Off The Road For Too Long

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#126 My Four-Legged Duck

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#127 I See Your “Use Before: Made In China” And Raise You “Warning – Made In China”

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#128 This Ad For Graduation Photography

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#129 Where’s The 0?

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#130 This Graph

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#131 I’m Pretty Sure That’s Not How You’re Supposed To Hold A Scythe

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#132 Mate, I Don’t Think That’s A Seagull

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