Designers Who Decided to Just Phone It In

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Listen, as someone who actually went to art school, I know how difficult design can be. Striking the right balance between making something beautiful and making something practical that actually works is incredibly difficult to pull off. And one tiny little detail can screw up the whole thing. (And usually, that’s because the typography is off. Designers — check your typography.)

But we’re not just talking subtle differences of kerning here today folks. Oh no, we’re talking about straight-up crappy design; the kind of design work that makes you wonder how the designer ever got through art school in the first place.

These pictures have been captured out in the wild by the intrepid Reddit users who frequent the crappy design subreddit, and they’re just so glaringly poorly-made that you’ll consider applying to design jobs yourself… even if you don’t know a thing about typography.

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National Geographic magazine that warns about danger of plastic bags comes inside a plastic bag that is inside a plastic bag. dumbomb

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I followed this bus for 4 blocks to wait for it to pull over to share this beautiful work of art. Germantoast33

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The absolute crap design of my school. This is the place where every hallway intersects. LuigiSaysKachow

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I’ve never met Lauren but I already know I don’t like her. Norskiing

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That’s how I broke my leg. Dis-Man-8

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His shirt meant to say ‘dope’ but now I only see “pedo.” CursivePallet

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Just watched a guy go into the wrong bathroom at Toronto Pearson Airport. He was looking at the top sign. AdmHornblower

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This ad for graduation photography. box_cardinal_peanut

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Advertising plus-size leggings with a small model in one leg instead of getting a plus-sized model. dhealey989

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Nothing like the smell of coffee and a good eye-stab in the morning. CosmeBuzzanito

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This ad was meant to depict how much the tiger had grown in 10 years. Instead, it looks like… BanAllPineapples

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Ooh boy, look at this scale…JulesAntoine

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“Mars” on CNN 10 today is just the moon with a red tint.MonkeyTigerCrazy

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We believe NO ONE.nickx37

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It’s cute, but it’s also impossible to clean. There is no hope under hippo chin.inter_slice

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I get what it’s supposed to mean, but at first glance all you see is “WORRY” in all caps.Raul_bitchboi

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As a builder, this is painful to look at. None of it is up to code and is that an electrical box above the toilet?southwoodhunter

“Kids, we’re leaving. Now.”

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So instead of going with the very slide-like trunk…lukehyde

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I needed the 7th floor…Cemilyplayyy

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The placement of this seat in my old class. Class was always full so someone always had to sit here.spaceknight94

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The grocery store I work at is filled with signs like this.manicsanic420

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Hey, let’s put a sticker of the time over the clock panel. And let’s make the sticker impossible to get off.mitchell_bu

Minotaurs love it.

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This maze that can’t be completed.jolteona

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This table leg makes me feel powerless.Phyierpickle

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This bottle cap design used on non-twist off caps.barklite

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Jesus is not.. asw ear wr od?landsendse

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Any four digit price in my university’s convenience store does this.yelworcyelhsa

They’ve got those Copy and Paste commands down.

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Epic Photoshop skills.refixOFF

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My down jacket says to not line dry, and then suggests line drying to reduce energy use.Misterholcombe

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Anti-anti bullying.Verymuchhuman_beans

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I’ve never seen someone happier to see a loved one die.nicst4rman

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Glass soap bottles, AKA showering on hard mode.Jacobro99

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Stamps? Need.mbecerra21988

I was on a very strict diet.

Dammit Dean, quit messing with my calorie count.BobC813

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Why didn’t they just use a placeholder image?spooderboop

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This applesauce jar has ridges inside it that make it virtually impossible to scrape clean.Left4DayZ1

Do they even want new employees?

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These Wal-Mart interview questions are white on white. I had to highlight it each time to actually see it.movinwork210

Just needed one more revision…

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If only there was some sort of U-shaped letter in this word. Oh well, print it.colonelbackhand

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From a distance it looked like they had everything. Then I got closer and realized they’re all Westerns.TheLSVO

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This is an iPad Mini case. I think either the iPad is too big or the snowboarder is too small.i-like-to-be-wooshed

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Fingers should not be that long.firewolf37

Okay, I won’t! *unbuckles safety belt*

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This won the design competition. chica420

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Ah yes, the 18-24 year old baby. Whirboo_Whind

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The new Apple Card needs to avoid contact with leather and denim. emmawiiwiiwii

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Sink attached to the toilet, forming a perfect slide. emmawiiwiiwii

I love Apple, but these were the worst mice since Biker Mice From Mars.

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Everything about this. No right click, A scroll wheel that is impossible to use, and terrible ergonomic design just to match their computers. GeneralSplat

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Balenciaga’s new $5000 dress. Zussow15

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Who the f*ck thought glass bathroom stalls would be a good idea? Shiawase__

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One. Single. Blind. ahgueso

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Guess who set the alarm off at the movie theater today. Men’s room was around the corner and down a hall. Gaijinloco

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Demonstrated above is a new fire signal box that locks the hand of alarm sender until released by a policeman or fireman with a key, thus deterring the sending of false alarms. veethis

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My school locker can’t even fit my backpack because of those shelves. zucclivan

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Look at this mug I made for my dad when I was eight. SenorElenor

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Apparently scary Jesus is a thing. Bausdria

Forever? Forever ever? Forever ever?

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An unfortunate logo for a fitness center. Dingwallace

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Prevent your kid from being afraid of the dark. Brilliant999

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When your Gym tries hard to motivate you but fails to make any sense. james_pawned

I guess my world history class skipped quite a bit. not2useful

To be fair, they do not get along with each other.

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wHy Is ThE oCeAn FiLlInG uP wItH pLaStIc? Ac_50

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This hotel has a mirror on a mirror. Just… why? 5am281