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Fun and Games: Top Graphic Design Fails

by Sandra Iakovleva

Top Graphic Design Fails

Yes, facepalming will be an integral part of this article about graphic design fails. Put your coffee aside, because the giggles you’re about to experience are as real as the astonishing reality of some of these designs.

Keep in mind that having a designer on your team is very valuable. Some of these designs remind us that it’s equally important to at least follow some basic design tips, maybe have a proofreader look over your work, oh and never disregard your audience.

The collection of design fails, or just terrible design, includes product design, packaging, awful copy, store signs and pamphlets made with no after thought, and just brilliant t-shirt designs that people probably wear with pride.

Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to some of the biggest design fails so that you’ll know what to do, what you definitely shouldn’t do and just how important designs are of simply everyday life and common objects.

1. Nice pattern, but I’d rather take the elevator

carpet on staires

2. I live for sa sa le les

sale picture

3. That’s really motivating, thanks

motivational carpet

4. Sooo you’d like me to be a customer or not?

shoe store board

5. Um, can I have a word with the editor of ‘Where’ magazine?

where magazine

6. We’ll heal all our burgers.

healthy burgers

7. Can’t say it’s an honest mistake. 

cancer package

8. For those looking for app rentals and ice ships

app rentals and ice ships

9. Has this designer seen a compass before?

pillows with compass

10. Ignorance is bliss

northeast region

11. Certainly something to be sad about…

diabetes question

12. Resume highlight: I use Microsoft Word

microsoft word track

13. Thanks for the tip

shirt with a tip

14. Looks like someone forgot Europe

globus without Europe

15. And China is now a continent

carpet with map

16. Did you do your math right?

board with incorrect data

17. RIP America

America shirt

18. Very unfortunate branding

unfortunate branding

19. Would your cat like some kittens for lunch?

kittens for lunch

20. Joey doesn’t share food!

package for sharing

21. That’s not how the selfie stick works…

selfie stick usage

22. Really?

virtual reality

23. Someone didn’t think this through

pencils

24. Excuse me, waiter? What would you recommend from the list?

the list with recommendations

25. If you squint, you barely notice the mistake

bus with the face

26. How do you read this?

unreadable message

27. A great example of how color choices matter

color choices matter

28. I just lost my appetite…

kids with food

29. The legend is spot on

graph foxtel subscribers

30. Nice try though!

board with missing letters

31. Objective: confuse consumers to buy stuff anyway

sale offer advirtisment

32. A designer’s kerning nightmare

designer’s kerning nightmare

33. Not sure if awful font, or awful quote

advertisement with awful font and quote

34. Must right left

Must right left

35. The importance of visual hierarchy

importance of visual hierarchy

36. When you put in 0 effort

lighter

37. Someone thought the watermark was pretty

watermark car wash

38. That’s disgusting.

people ingredients

39. What?

t shirt with text

40. That’s not how venn diagrams work, but okay

venn diagrams application

41. I want some pdelicious pineapple cake

pdelicious pineapple cake

42. What sorcery is this?

fast fitness advirtisement

43. Excellent placement

text placement on staires

44. They might be perfect, but they also look like they hung themselves

book with people who hung themselves

45. Hmm…happy time ion hot hair dry care?

hot hair dry care

46. What a rebel

rebel picture

47. I will avoid it at all costs, thanks

board with funny text

48. Editors are so important

editors are so important

49. Very innovative DVD

innovative DVD

50. A failed hashtag

failed hashtag

51. The road to nowhere

 road to nowhere

52. Pretty sure the donations were generous

the generous donations

53. Looks more like soda. Danger.

bottles like soda

54. Careful now

killer insect spray

55. Unfortunate cover

books with unfortunate cover

56. Say it louder for the people in the back

board for the people in the back

57. Accurate photograph

accurate photograph

58. The invisible golf ball

the invisible golf ball

59. Fonts, you gotta think it through

the cup with fonts

60. On point Arieh

on point Arieh

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