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.
They bought up plastic like it was going out of style (and, thankfully, it is).
via: RedditNational Geographic magazine that warns about danger of plastic bags comes inside a plastic bag that is inside a plastic bag. - dumbomb
I can seeeeee yooooou.
via: RedditI followed this bus for 4 blocks to wait for it to pull over to share this beautiful work of art. - Germantoast33
It's important for young people to socialize.
via: RedditThe absolute crap design of my school. This is the place where every hallway intersects. - LuigiSaysKachow
How will you ever find the book you're looking for?
via: RedditI've never met Lauren but I already know I don't like her. - Norskiing
Surprise! It's sudden, steep drop-offs! Hope you like.
via: RedditThat's how I broke my leg. - Dis-Man-8
Um, sir? There's still time to go home and change...
via: RedditHis shirt meant to say ‘dope’ but now I only see "pedo." - CursivePallet
Before using the restroom, I too like to solve an existential puzzle.
via: RedditJust watched a guy go into the wrong bathroom at Toronto Pearson Airport. He was looking at the top sign. - AdmHornblower
Is it a skirt that doubles as a backpack?
via: RedditAdvertising plus-size leggings with a small model in one leg instead of getting a plus-sized model. - dhealey989
Don't even TALK to me until I've had my eye-stab!
via: RedditNothing like the smell of coffee and a good eye-stab in the morning. - CosmeBuzzanito
This reminds me of my relationship with my mom.
via: RedditThis ad was meant to depict how much the tiger had grown in 10 years. Instead, it looks like... - BanAllPineapples
Guys. Just google "Mars."
via: Reddit“Mars" on CNN 10 today is just the moon with a red tint. - MonkeyTigerCrazy
As Stone Cold Steve Austin used to say: don't trust anyone.
via: RedditWe believe NO ONE. - nickx37
Great mug for storing pencils, I guess?
via: RedditIt's cute, but it's also impossible to clean. There is no hope under hippo chin. - inter_slice
You did not convey what you meant to convey.
via: RedditI get what it's supposed to mean, but at first glance all you see is "WORRY" in all caps. - Raul_bitchboi
Is there an interior designer in the house?!
via: RedditAs 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."
via: RedditSo instead of going with the very slide-like trunk... - lukehyde
Guess I'll just miss my appointment with the tax guy.
via: RedditI needed the 7th floor... - Cemilyplayyy
Hope there's not anything important on the blackboard today.
via: RedditThe placement of this seat in my old class. Class was always full so someone always had to sit here. - spaceknight94
It's like they put all their signs in a tupperware and shook it.
via: RedditThe grocery store I work at is filled with signs like this. - manicsanic420
How will they know how fast they made the kessel run?
via: RedditHey, let's put a sticker of the time over the clock panel. And let's make the sticker impossible to get off. - mitchell_bu
What are you even saying?!
via: RedditThis bottle cap design used on non-twist off caps. - barklite
Learn InDesign, my man.
via: RedditAny four digit price in my university's convenience store does this. - yelworcyelhsa
Getting mixed messages here...
via: RedditMy down jacket says to not line dry, and then suggests line drying to reduce energy use. - Misterholcombe
Hey, some uncles kinda suck.
via: RedditI've never seen someone happier to see a loved one die. - nicst4rman
This is honestly giving me heart palpitations.
via: RedditGlass soap bottles, AKA showering on hard mode. - Jacobro99
I was on a very strict diet.BobC813
Why you gotta look so smug about it?
via: RedditWhy didn't they just use a placeholder image? - spooderboop
That applesauce is for the bugs at the garbage dump.
via: RedditThis applesauce jar has ridges inside it that make it virtually impossible to scrape clean. - Left4DayZ1
Do they even want new employees?
via: RedditThese 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...
via: RedditIf only there was some sort of U-shaped letter in this word. Oh well, print it. - colonelbackhand
Sometimes you've got to just throw all the words up there and see what sticks.
via: RedditFrom a distance it looked like they had everything. Then I got closer and realized they're all Westerns. - TheLSVO
More like the iPad Maxi.
via: RedditThis is an iPad Mini case. I think either the iPad is too big or the snowboarder is too small. - i-like-to-be-wooshed
All the better to poke you with, my dear...
via: RedditFingers should not be that long. - firewolf37
Thankfully, my pants are made of steel.
via: RedditThe new Apple Card needs to avoid contact with leather and denim. - emmawiiwiiwii
You can hold toothpaste races!
via: RedditSink attached to the toilet, forming a perfect slide. - emmawiiwiiwii
I love Apple, but these were the worst mice since Biker Mice From Mars.
via: RedditEverything about this. No right click, A scroll wheel that is impossible to use, and terrible ergonomic design just to match their computers. - GeneralSplat
"You in here, Bill?"
via: RedditWho the f*ck thought glass bathroom stalls would be a good idea? - Shiawase__
Well, when I've gotta go, it IS an emergency, so.
via: RedditGuess who set the alarm off at the movie theater today. Men’s room was around the corner and down a hall. - Gaijinloco
The biggest problem, all along, has been false alarms.
via: RedditDemonstrated 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
Do we know what lockers are even for?
via: RedditMy school locker can’t even fit my backpack because of those shelves. - zucclivan
Who wouldn't want a mug from which they could dangle all their individual keys?
via: RedditLook at this mug I made for my dad when I was eight. - SenorElenor
Forever? Forever ever? Forever ever?
via: RedditAn unfortunate logo for a fitness center. - Dingwallace
It's a good night light, but I wish it would stop asking me to Give Myself Until The Undying Evil.
via: RedditPrevent your kid from being afraid of the dark. - Brilliant999
You can only open the gym if you solve its puzzle.
via: RedditWhen your Gym tries hard to motivate you but fails to make any sense. - james_pawned
Much like the Friday the 13th series, 4-7 weren't great, but 8 was awesome.I guess my world history class skipped quite a bit. - not2useful
To be fair, they do not get along with each other.
via: RedditwHy Is ThE oCeAn FiLlInG uP wItH pLaStIc? - Ac_50
"Hey boss, what do we do with all these extra mirrors?"
via: RedditThis hotel has a mirror on a mirror. Just... why? - 5am281