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20 Poorly-designed items that are almost impossible to clean

20 Poorly-designed items that are almost impossible to clean

We're all for interior design, but some of these things are beautiful… and impossible to keep clean . Cleaning is a never-ending chore. You'll always have to do dishes and laundry, and those floors won't mop themselves. In any house, there are bound to be a few hard-to-reach corners or crevices. When that's the case, people tend to just ignore it. Who cares if the top of a cabinet is dusty, or if that one crawlspace has built up some dirt? Well, it's a whole different story when it's a prominen…
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'The library is now selling free coffee': Top 25 Design Mistakes of the Month (April 11, 2024)

'The library is now selling free coffee': Top 25 Design Mistakes of the Month (April 11, 2024)

Everyone makes a mistake now and again, but when designers do that, it's kind of a big deal. Their work lasts long after they've made their little typos, and suddenly a product is out in the world looking unfinished or weird . Below are 25 off-the-wall errors discovered this month, from unreadable clocks to signs that never should've been put up on the walls. We have quite a few stairwells that would send most of us flailing down a dozen steps. There are a few subtle fails in the mix too, like…
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'Devoted' graphic designer refuses to take accountability for botched project, declaring: 'It's the customers who are at fault, not the design'

'Devoted' graphic designer refuses to take accountability for botched project, declaring: 'It's the customers who are at fault, not the design'

Working in graphic design means paying close attention to numerous small elements that come together to form a polished result. The manager in the story below is in complete shock. As a BigCo, OP is in charge of a few dozen agents. For quite some time, OP had been in need of a skilled graphic designer; therefore, when an opportunity arose and a qualified candidate was found, OP quickly hired her. As a modest thank you for joining the company, OP provided the new graphic designer with access to…
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'Class of 2021 or something': 25+ Misprints that made it to the finished product

'Class of 2021 or something': 25+ Misprints that made it to the finished product

Making a custom order can be the perfect gift, but only if the creator actually writes what you want! There are seemingly quite a few sellers out there who have taken some liberties with what they'll write on a shirt or a cake. Getting a custom birthday cake for someone is usually a sweet surprise. The birthday celebrator gets to have a professional-looking cake to take photos with and commemorate the occasion. But as you can see from the numerous examples below, sometimes a simple request for…
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'Love worry laugh': 20 Graphic design flops

'Love worry laugh': 20 Graphic design flops

These people have a passion for graphic design, and they're ready to show it to the world. If you're an overthinker, you'll understand why some of these designs look so weird . The designer created a design, then thought, “That's too basic, I should tweak it a bit.” Then after the first revision, they thought, “Maybe I can add something else in.” And after many rounds of overthinking, they've produced something that looks cool to them, but is illegible to the average person. The point of most s…
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25+ Designs made for people with bad taste

25+ Flawed designs made for people with terrible taste

Sometimes you see a product online that makes you go, “Who in their right mind would ever buy this?” It seems like some products are just made for nobody. One example is overly specific shirts, like that viral tee that read, “Never underestimate a mother who listens to iron maiden and was born in August.” Is anyone wearing those shirts sincerely, or are the wearers only being ironic? It's hard to say, and if I ever come across someone rocking an overly-specific shirt, I'll be sure to ask them.
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'We settled for $75,000': Graphic designer enjoys an 'I-told-you-so' moment; after being denied a raise, he quits and buys up all of the company's .com domains for $1k, scoring a small fortune in court

It's tough for a single employee to hoodwink an entire company, although when CEO's turn a blind-eye to rational, practical advice, rare opportunities can present themselves for the huddled masses of lower employees to get a slice of the pie. In this case, a graphic designer worked for a rapidly growing startup...
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25 Designs that should go back to the drawing board

'Forget you're never loved': 25 Designs that should go back to the drawing board

Graphic designers have “off” days too. But sometimes these designs are so poorly done that I wonder if the designer was trying to do it badly on purpose.
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'They literally said "The stars weren't aligned" for that date': 20+ Clients who had workers laughing behind their backs

One person asked workers to spill their “worst/ funniest/ strangest client story," and so many people had great anecdotes to share.
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Hole-y bowls and double Doges: 20+ Designs that aren't quite right

Hole-y bowls and double Doges: 20+ Designs that aren't quite right

Seeing these badly designed items really makes you appreciate the well-designed things in the world. Great design is one of those things you don't always appreciate right away. For example, anyone could make a chair, but is it comfortable? If the design of that furniture is poor, you're going to know right away. The same goes for funny signs , which can sometimes spell out funny words unintentionally. Or maybe it's intentional, and the sign maker is just hoping for the right person to notice th…
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Graphic Designer Tries to Save Company and Client From Disney's Copyright Squadron, Boss Doesn't Listen Then Tries to Scapegoat Them

Disagreeing with your workplace superiors and the business owners typically isn't ever going to be well received — even when you're completely and verifiably correct. Most people just don't like having their own ideas challenged, and fewer still have the ability to admit when they're wrong. Ego has a lot to say about this; most of us have fragile egos that are battling a persistent imposter syndrome masked by an outwardly excessive display of confidence and authority. Anything that this weary e…
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A collection of funny design fails that make our eyes hurt.

Design Fails That Gave Zero Hecks About Doing Things Right

Pull it together, designs.
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A collection of puzzling and troubling design fails.

Puzzling, Hilarious, And Downright Dumb Design Fails

They missed the mark and then some.
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A clever graphic designer decides to troll a prospective client. | Hi, is this person looking graphic designer? Yes! Wow quick just put ad up 30 minutes ago. Well this biz early bird gets worm. Can tell little bit about project? Sure need logo an Italian restaurant my husband and are opening called Tomato Tomato s probably easier if can talk on phone, mind if give ring s no good at my current design job and would be taking this on as freelance job, so can't talk about other projects on company

Graphic Designer Trolls Prospective Client

That client's got a real dirty mind.
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So This is How They Did Graphic Design Before Photoshop

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