School. It’s somewhere we all have to go, whether we like it or not. They could at least make it a pleasant place to be, couldn’t they? Well not really, no. Most public schools are formulaic, functional places that hardly make students want to be there, let alone inspire creativity and the joy of learning.
With budgets being further slashed under conservative governments in the U.S. and UK, the situation in these countries at least isn’t looking up. Not only are students and teachers dealing with boring, dilapidated buildings and classrooms, but many also have to live with shortages of basic materials too, prompting teachers to leave the profession en masse. So much for caring about the next generation!
Bored Panda has collected a list of examples of school designers either taking shortcuts, not caring or needing to go back to school themselves. From thoughtless toilet placements to hilariously offensive murals, these students can at least have a wry chuckle at the ridiculousness of it all.
Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
#1 This School Bus Ad
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So we’ve seen the consequences of bad design, so what makes for good design? There are a few basic principles to stick to if you want to make sure your design is practical, relevant and makes sense!
According to Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer who was responsible for the design of Braun’s consumer products for many years, there are 10 principles of good design, also known as the ’10 commandments.’ Even though they were written long ago and technology has advanced beyond his wildest dreams, Dieter’s principles still apply today!
#2 New Statue At A Catholic School
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#3 Interesting Take For A School Quote
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Furniture designers Vitsoe have worked closely with Dieter Rams for decades, and helpfully summarize his founding principles of good design with the following explanations:
Good design is innovative The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.
Good design makes a product useful: A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.
Good design is aesthetic: The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.
#4 “A Man Plowing A Field” On A Local School Building
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#5 It’s Even More Fascinating When This Shit Happens In A Design School
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Good design makes a product understandable: It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.
Good design is unobtrusive: Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.
Good design is honest: It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
#6 The Way My School Installed The New Projector
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#7 This School Just Renovated The Toilets At Their Gym
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Good design is thorough down to the last detail: Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the user.
Good design is environmentally-friendly: Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
Good design is as little design as possible: Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.
So three you have it, pretty simple right? If you are tasked with designing something and want to avoid the hilarious mistakes found in this list, check these principles off first and you should succeed!
#8 German School
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#9 The Absolute Crap Design Of My School. This Is The Place Where Every Hallway Intersects
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#10 Being Helpful For The Blind
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#11 Hangers At School…
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#12 High School Gym In Pontiac, Mi. There Are No Words…
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#13 The Pie Graph In My School’s Newspaper
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#14 Seen At My School
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#15 My School Locker Can’t Even Fit My Backpack Because Of Those Shelves
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#16 This Graph In A High School Year Book
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#17 Front Door Of A Middle School
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#18 My Schools Attempt At Being Multicultural
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#19 Our School Has Fantastic Fans
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#20 My School Has This Mini Park Inside It But No One Can Get Inside
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#21 One-Way Window Tint At School, So We Can’t See Shooters, But They Can See Us
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#22 School My From Words Inspiring
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#23 The Wall Decoration At My High School, Red Is Supposed To Represent The Freshmen
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#24 This Is On Our Wall In The School…
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#25 The Mirror At The Men’s Bathroom At My School
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#26 This Machine At My School Sound Painful
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#27 Extreme Entrance To School Gym
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#28 Stalls In School’s Bathroom
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#29 This Person In My School Book
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#30 There Is So Much Wrong With This Map At My School
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#31 This Door In My School
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#32 This Graph In My School’s Yearbook…
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#33 These Signs Are All Around My School, Let’s Sell Some Children!
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#34 Our School Must Be The Crappiest Design I’ve Ever Seen!
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#35 The Pamphlet For My School’s Special Needs Program
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#36 My Schools Fine Arts Department Had Some Interesting Stickers
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#37 There Are Several Of These At My School And I Am Unlucky Enough To Be Right In The Corner
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#38 This Wrestling Painting At A High School
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#39 This Sign At My School
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#40 At First Glance, The White Lettering On This Pride Poster At My High School Blends In With The Yellow Background. Changes The Meaning Drastically
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#41 The Unfortunate Overhead View Of My School’s Library Desks
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#42 My Friend’s New Locker Has A Huge Pipe Running Through It
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#43 Off Centre, Misspelled, Hard To See Road Markings At A Local School
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#44 My High School’s End Zone For Over 90 Years
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#45 The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out
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#46 “High School”
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#47 After My School Had A Fire Alarm (Planned) I Noticed This
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#48 My High School Science Departments Lights
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#49 Found At My School
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#50 Poster At My School. Lightbulb Looks Like A Noose
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