33 Epic Design Fails That Will Make You Cringe

By on May 2, 2016 in Inspiration
33 Epic Design Fails That Will Make You Cringe

We all make mistakes. And when one of them happens to slip by the goalie, we all hope they don't end up being publicly shamed. With that said, everybody loves poking fun at other people's mistakes, and that's why we're bringing you some of the latest design fails that we've found across the web for you to mock shamelessly — assuming one of them isn't yours, of course.

Who needs a right elbow, anyway?

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Don't be happy, worry?

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That leg looks a little long, right?

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I think this is supposed to say "London," but ...

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One? Noe? Noetrees?

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Smoke to Live

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This man does not have any arms. Clearly.

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Experiences are often shaved.

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Lift what correctly?

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So I'm supposed to read this how now?

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SO. MUCH. ARM.

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This is why copy editors are important:

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Proporations are important:

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Highlighting the "K"s was probably a bad idea:

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Everybody does it, but hopefully not at the table:

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PSST: THAT COMPASS IS POINTING NORTHWEST:

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Always design around the gutter:

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People are losing their jobs in Denver:

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Never Soggy Eat Waffles:

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Always fun with children:

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Kerning and leading optional:

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Who sharpens pencils, anyway?

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Nobody will mix up these two:

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So what am I looking at exactly? I can't find it:

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Watermarks are fun:

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Clear instructions:

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The author and title should be spaced out a bit more:

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Nice nose:

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Keep Carry and what now?

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Oh well my kids fit into this range for sure:

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If I knew what "PLA" was, maybe:

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Yeah, "therapists" and "the rapists" are exactly the same thing:

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Camelcase save me now!

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via Bored Panda and /r/Crappy Design


Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he's not working on one of the many writing projects in his queue, he's designing stickers with his wife at Whipps Sticker Co.

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24 Comments

  1. Jacquelynn

    Hahahahaha, these are great!
    I have one to add but doesn't have a cringe factor: I have a Halloween hand towel that says "spoky" instead of "spooky".

  2. Exit3

    Not sure 2 is a design fail though? Surely a messed up manufacturing problem? And as for 5 - if you're keeping cooking oil next to fly spray anyway, you probably deserve to mix the two up once in a while.

    Loved the rest though!

  3. StudioMastro

    I love the aussie brand Black&Gold even more because, they don't hide their value at all...if you take out letter B and G is actually Lack&Old...A M A Z I N G almost like Ink Loyd.

  4. KatieCrutchley

    These are great. Alex, on the doughnut image you can see the Getty watermark that the designer hasn't noticed/removed after Live Tracing.

  5. thomas.meldgaard.7

    Haha looked at the Coffee & Donut image rather fast and thought it read "Betty's Donuts" or something similar, so I didn't Getty it at first.... tada

  6. Bob_Meyer

    What did that poor little minion see in the shower that made his eyes bleed like that?

  7. jmvhllg

    One of local shops sells necklace pendants with a clipart picture on it and.... nice BIG words: PLACE TEXT HERE. Printed with resin over it...And phone covers with bright pictures of famous landmarks and a small banner saying - 'This is where your message goes'. Nobody seems so notice this...

  8. mochhug

    Not sure I see the fail in 13 but loved the rest of them. Especially the "Friends are [the]rapists you can drink with." *cringing for days* And of course the "[Brown] Kids Are Weird" cause I'm brown and this is too accurate despite being a mistake hahaha

  9. IndyMcDuff

    There is a road sign along my walk route that says "SLOW KIDS PLAYING" ... must be an awful lot of challenged kids on that block! :)

  10. DomWint

    I'm more annoyed at the back-to-front apostrophe on #2.

    The last one: if you make it all lower case, what does it say?

  11. michele.egan

    Necro'ing this thread hard, but the Northeast Region shirt is correct. That is what a compass looks like if you are walking northeast, because the needle always points north, and if you walk just right of north, you're walking northeast.

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