32 Design Fails That Made Our Hands Hurt From Facepalming So Much

Diply 30 Jan 2018

Design and marketing courses aren't cheap. People spend thousands of dollars learning how to do this stuff properly, and yet there are just so many fails to laugh at. How does this keep happening?

Although, I guess those schools can't teach common sense...

1. Presumably none of the "people who know how" this sign advertises are designers. 

Reddit | cle1110

Does this sort of typography look visually interesting? Sure. Does it actually get your message across? Nope.

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2. If you're going to put a pattern on clothing, you need to be careful of the seams.

Reddit | DarthTheDaddy

Because nothing says "cute" like a weird new dinosaur on the front of your shorts.

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3. So, which way do I go?

Reddit | Samten564

Besides the fact that this sign is completely useless for way-finding, why did this place separate their suites between even and odd numbers? Just go chronological.

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4. Clearly nobody thought to actually try on the socks before selling them.

Know Your Meme | Know Your Meme

Or they did try them on, and they decided that they were too hilarious not to share with the world.

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5. If this sign had a pattern to their typography, I'd almost forgive them.

Reddit | Vexrah

Would it still be annoying to read? Yep, but at least it would be on purpose and not reek of incompetence.

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6. Lots of places like to use their logo or graphic as part of their name on signage.

Reddit | Bluet313

But in most cases, that logo or graphic actually looks like the letter it's replacing.

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7. Here's a completely useless chart of pencil grades!

Reddit | SpaceSyrup

It certainly helps me choose whether a 4B or a 2H will have the effect I'm looking for in my drawing...

If I saw this in store, I wouldn't even buy the pencils.

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8. This bathroom has seriously questionable urinal placement.

Reddit | Jar3d98

Not only does everyone washing their hands get to watch you pee, but the whole establishment gets a look when the door opens.

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9. Please tell me this was a practical joke.

Reddit | Greco44

Or a "hack" gone wrong. No one could ever possibly think a bicycle seat would be more comfortable while working at a desk, right?

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10. I'm not sure these people understand how this works...

Reddit | XPL0S1V3

"Kids are always replacing the ends of 'ate' words with the number eight. We should do that to draw in the younger demographic!"

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11. Is your favorite band playing at this festival?

Reddit | jebuz23

Who the hell knows?! I certainly don't.

I will give them half a credit for at least keeping the date and venue information legible.

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12. Well...I've got nothing for this one.

Reddit | kriburnsy

This is hair bleach. It looks like a children's cereal, but it's hair bleach. I'm an adult and I'm confused! Little Jimmy has no chance.

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13. This is like three shirt designs mashed into one.

Reddit | FidelisScutum

I think the intended message was "Born thirty years ago — established in 1987," but instead you get "Born in thirty year ago."

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14. Buy our juice boxes! They're a blend of whatever fruits we can find the cheapest!

Reddit | stockystockat

But don't worry, we've made our packaging so that no matter what's in it, it's still technically correct!

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15. I'm sure they thought this pun was very clever in the marketing department.

Reddit | The_Nightman_82

Unfortunately, it sounds like the hotel staff will be avoiding you for your whole visit. If there's a problem, let a team member know — if you can find one.

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16. I definitely had to take a second glance at this dress.

Reddit | Reddit

I feel bad, I mean, how would this woman know what it looks like from behind? This one falls completely on the designer.

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17. This seems perfectly acceptable, except for one small problem.

Reddit | Thammarith

The braille is painted on! That's right, the raised alphabet explicitly intended to help visually impaired people is just flatly painted on the surface. Kind of useless, tbh.

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18. So, this is a thing, apparently.

Reddit | Beanboy100

It doesn't even look good! It isn't like practicality was sacrificed for style here! They look like fun house mirrors.

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19. This is one way to save on the cost of soap.

Reddit | Shram335

It's pretty much impossible for anyone to get to the dispenser, let alone use too much soap. I really hope this wasn't the only soap in the whole washroom.

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20.  Behold the prime example of mixed signals!

Reddit | goodnight_hamlet

Question: did the establishment simply put stickers in the ashtrays they already have or did they actually order novelty non-smoking ashtrays from somewhere?

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21. The placement of this switch prevents the door from doing its one job.

Reddit | cheesewedge12

Look at the state of the door. Clearly people have been learning the hard way that the switch is blocking the door from closing.

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22. Either whoever made this shirt is colorblind, or— no, never mind. There's no other excuse for producing this shirt in white. 

Reddit | SoldWifeForRp

Anyone wearing this deserves every weird look they get.

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23. Sure, name your bottled water after the Oregon Trail. What could possibly go wrong?

Reddit | NinjGames

Just don't expect people to actually buy it.

"Oregon Trail water! Totally not going to give you dysentery!"

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24. Nothing looks classier in the kitchen than tile that looks like mold.

Reddit | iheartcatsandcoffee

Like, you're standing in the store, looking at all the tile samples for your kitchen reno, and this is what you choose?

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25. I...I just can't.

Reddit | fine_drizzle

Minions are annoying as it is, why would you want to rock one on your bikini? And even if they were a good fashion choice, why does it need to be making this face?

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26. So, picture this:

Reddit | LeyendaV

Kid wants to be a writer (or whatever) and his parents are like, "No! Be an architect!", which is also not a real job, btw, and because he hates it, this is what we get.

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27. I have questions about this ad for Hostess Cupcakes.

Reddit | DarthTheDaddy

Are those supposed to be penguins? And who thought it was a good idea to place a penguin making that face in that exact spot?

I guess we're lucky they didn't go with ducks...

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28. When rearranging a department store's layout has unintended consequences.

Reddit | shemour

No, it's not awkward at all to walk through a maze of ladies undergarments just to take a whiz. Totally normal for any guy.

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29. Fingers crossed no one needs assistance...

Reddit | stormwarrior12

Maybe they just don't want to be disturbed!

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30. Here's a handy awning to protect you from the rain — unless you want to sit on a bench.

Reddit | ObscureCornball

Because you want your customers to be comfortable, but not too comfortable, right?

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31. I don't see what Roman numerals have to do with this company.

Reddit | Dankmemer60

I mean, if it was called "Julius Caesar Electric," then maybe I'd get why they thought it fit. Still, don't make prospective clients translate your phone number!

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32. Like this shirt, my worry always gets in the way of my being happy. 

Reddit | zapsquad

Not sure if that makes this a fail or a win.

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