Call the aesthetics police and send a telegram to the epic fails department—we’ve got some awful design decisions to report, and we think there needs to be an official inquiry. This multi-million-member strong subreddit is devoted to showing the most awful sides of design, whether we’re talking about interiors, exteriors, or plain old products. We’ve collected some of the most egregious designs to grace the internet in recent days, so make sure your inner critic is all fired up and ready to go, cuz things are about to get real.
Bored Panda got in touch with Ariane Sherine, the new editor at These Three Rooms, the unique sister site to the Kitchens Bedrooms Bathrooms magazine, for a chat about good and bad design, and how to make your designs stand out. You’ll find our full interview with Ariane, who lent us her eye for aesthetics, below, so be sure to check it out while you’re upvoting the best of the worst design pics, Pandas.
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#2 I Wonder If She’s Pregnant
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#3 Wheelchair Friendly Stairway
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Ariane, an editor working at These Three Rooms, was kind enough to share her thoughts about design, aesthetics, and quality with Bored Panda. Ariane believes that the designs that have the biggest impact stand out in terms of aesthetics, form, and their physical durability.
“When it comes to aesthetics, ‘bad design’ is a very individual thing that comes down to personal taste,” she said that our personal taste plays an important role in how we judge designs. However, we shouldn’t judge designs based on just how we feel about them. We need to take other things into account as well.
#4 At Least They Can’t See Your Face
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#5 Never Noticed
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#6 Chalk With A Popsicle Color, Shape, And Even Wood Handle. What Could Go Wrong Giving These To Kids?
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Design expert Ariane gave Bored Panda an example of how our personal tastes, likes, and dislikes can affect our judgment.
“For example, I don’t particularly like busy ‘maximalist’ designs with too many clashing prints and patterns, and I’m not keen on very dark colors, but those might be heaven for somebody else,” she said.
“It’s perhaps more helpful to talk about ‘bad design’ as design that doesn’t function as it should—for instance, a kitchen that doesn’t have what’s called ‘good flow’, where you have to walk impractical distances between complementary appliances and where the dimensions of the ‘kitchen work triangle’ (the distance between fridge, sink, and hob) aren’t practical,” Ariane said that poor design is more related to poor functioning rather than just poor aesthetics.
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#7 Stoplights In Lake Tahoe Filled With Snow Due To A Crappy Design Of Not Having The Bottom Cut Out To Prevent Snow Accumulation. It’s A World-Class Ski Area, Snow Should Be A Key Factor In All Design Decisions
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#8 Orange Is The New Milk
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#9 Know The Facts I Have Beautiful Teeth Too
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“A kitchen where there isn’t enough storage, where potentially dangerous appliances aren’t located safely, and where cornflakes and milk are placed at opposite ends of the room is what I’d call ‘bad design,’” she told us that bad design is broader and that we should look at the overall space where certain items are located, not just the individual items in isolation.
#10 Just So We’re All Clear, This Man Has Cracked Open A Child And Is Now Wearing Its Insides On His Head, Correct?
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#11 Yee-Haw A Violin!
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#12 The Worst Staircase I Have Ever Seen
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On the flip side, what we consider to be good—or even great—design is all about putting in the energy, effort, and attention where it matters. Good design takes time, especially when it comes to our homes.
“‘Good design’ is where a lot of thought and effort has been put into structuring and renovating a house so it’s perfect for the people living in it. It takes account of their aesthetic preferences but also focuses on the concepts I mentioned before, paying close attention to detail,” Ariane told us.
#13 This Shirt
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#14 This Is So Bad I Forgot How Giraffes Really Look
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#15 The Stairs In An Airbnb I Stayed In Where Every Step Is A Different Height, Width And Depth
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The editor from These Three Rooms shared what good design looks like for her. “For me, good design is where artificial lighting is used strategically, and where the amount of natural light is maximized; where a room feels airy and spacious instead of closed in.”
#16 I Think I’ve Found It, The Worst Expiration Date Ever
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#17 Tactile Paving For The Visually Impaired Interrupted By Giant Bench
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#18 Go Ahead I Dare You. Bike Lane Ends In Oncoming Traffic
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The design expert continued about what well-crafted spaces entail. These are designs “where the amount of walking and effort is minimized, as everything you need is to hand; where there are enough plug sockets and lights to meet the homeowner’s needs; and where tables, seating, countertops, basins, etc are perfect for their height. These are classic principles that I doubt will change over time.”
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#20 Simple Question, Why?
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#21 When I Almost Bought Shirts But Was Afraid Of How They Would Smell
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According to Ariane, if you’re decorating the interior of your home, you might want to use a limited palette. “Aesthetically, I would personally only choose two or three complementary colors and whichever metallic finish you like for a color scheme, because to me that kind of coordination is stylish and beautiful, but it really comes down to individual preferences.”
#22 This Marvel In Ohio
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#23 Don’t Give Candy To Babies Please
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#24 Can We All Admire This Majestic Beast
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Meanwhile, Tim Antoniuk, an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta, believes there are objectively good and bad products, but our preferences create a bit of a gray area between the two.
“The gray area comes in when people start to talk about taste and about degrees of aesthetic. I may love the design of Bauhaus furniture, for example, while somebody may feel that it is too cold and void of personality. Not unlike great art, I believe that much of what came from this era is ‘great design,’ in part because it represents an era and a philosophy. When we start to mix in discussions of taste and preference, that is where the gray areas of good and bad design get blurred,” he told Bored Panda during an earlier interview.
#25 A DIY Shower I Saw While House Hunting
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#26 The Toilet Paper Dispenser At My University – Every Roll Spins When You Spin One
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#27 The Sign Telling Us Where Our Room Is
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Tim from the University of Alberta thinks that people can intuitively tell if a design is good or not. We feel it, we sense it.
“Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems. Having said that, I think far too many people expect poor design that doesn’t really work well,” he said, adding that for him, great design is intuitive, empathetic to the user, and emotional.
#28 This “Taco” Someone Posted From Their Work Cafeteria
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#29 Guys I Found An App Which Rents Ice Ships
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#30 Gnomes Are Symbol Of My City. It Used To Be A City Game For Tourists To Find Them All But There Are So Many Of Them It No Longer Makes Sense. City Opened Brand New Skate Park In The City. To Celebrate It They Put A Gnome There. Metal Gnome With Pointy Bits On Top Of A Ramp Right Next To A Rail
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What has been the worst design that you have ever seen with your own two eyes, Pandas? Which of the terrible designs from this list are going to give you nightmares for many nights to come? Share your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of the article.
#31 Those Columns Look Awful
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#32 The Buttons On This TV
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#33 The Handle Of This Pan Is Heavier Than The Actual Pan
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#35 The Letters, Mason! What Do They Mean?
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#36 This Garbage Bin Actually Leads To Another Bathroom Stall
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#37 Cherry On Top Of The Road
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#38 Hidden What?!
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#39 This Spacious Toilet Cubical
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#40 The Maze They Gave Us After Donating Blood Has No Escape
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#41 Image To Advertise A Photo Booth
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#42 This Winter, You Can Set Your Feet On Fire
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#43 Bus Stop Shelter
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#44 This Ad For A Fire Pit
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#45 Men’s Toilet In A Cafe In Shanghai
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#46 Please The Beans
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#47 Ah Yes My Fav Avenger The Hulk With Double Layer Teeth
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#48 This Emergency Escape Hammer Is Placed Behind A Plastic Cover Sealed With Screws. No There Is No Emergency Screwdriver Anywhere
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#49 My Tesla’s Door Handles When It’s Icy Outside
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#50 This Is A Poster By A Design School
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