It’s not easy being a designer. Even for the best of designers, it’s pretty much inevitable that eventually, they’re going to make a mistake — sometimes a big mistake! That’s what these designers did. These artists’ projects were originally created with the best of intentions, but ultimately, they had all sort of unintended consequences.
We’ve gathered 75 of the most hilarious design fails to share with you today and brighten your spirits. It doesn’t matter how bad your day is going, at least you can take solace in the fact that you’re not the designer who accidentally made a school bus advertisement telling kids to quit school.
This sign makes perfect sense! Can’t you understand it? What they were actually trying to say was “Neighborhood Design Center”. However, their approach of alternating the letters of the three words didn’t exactly turn out the way they imagined.
2. Trusting the “multilingual” ad designer
We’ve been trying for at least 10 minutes to figure out what kind of business this is, but we still have no idea. Is it a hair salon, a modeling club, or a translator service? Our best guess is that it’s a hair salon and the translation application they used simply didn’t connect properly.
3. Poor URL choice
The Fagas Strap company definitely dropped the ball on this one. They needed to decide on a new domain name for their website and this is what they came up with. Once you get rid of the capitalization and spaces between the words Fagas and Straps, it becomes something slightly more offensive.
4. Unfortunate graphic placement
They could have painted the graphic of the woman exercising literally anywhere else on the bus. Instead, they chose to place it exactly where the handles line up with the woman’s, well, check out the photo. You’ll see what we mean.
5. Measurement lines on an opaque bottle
Adding measurement lines to water bottles is always a good idea. That is if the bottles are see-through. When the bottle is a solid opaque color, it sort of defeats the purpose.
6. Being gay was a sin they said
There’s something a little off about this artist’s representation of two of every animal being loaded onto Noah’s Ark. The traditional idea of the religious story is that each animal pair includes one male and one female, but both of the lions in this image are boys.
7. Giant is seconds from being paralyzed
At first glance, you might think that this advertisement is completely normal. However, take a look in the top right corner. It provides insight into what’s really happening here — a giant man is diving into shallow coastal waters.
8. This amazing pregnancy test
When you look like the baby is about to pop out tomorrow, but you still aren’t entirely sure you’re actually pregnant, don’t fret. Predictor can help you verify your late-stage pregnancy. It’s pretty hilarious how surprised this couple appears after viewing the results.
9. Better than cream cheese? No!
Let’s hope for this brand’s sake that the employees at the grocery store don’t accidentally place their fake cream cheese containers on the shelf crooked. If they do, then the label isn’t going to convert the customers very well.
10. Two flamingos, one vagina
There’s nothing quite like placing an image that looks like a vagina right on the crotch of a pair of yoga pants. Maybe that’s just our dirty minds playing tricks on us though. Technically, it’s the necks of two flamingos.
11. If you’ve got it, flaunt it
It took a few seconds to understand what this Redditor was referring to when he claimed this Speedo advertisement was a design fail. It’s another dirty mind at work! The second leg in the photo looks more like a third leg if you catch our drift.
12. Cyborg baby
We are the Borg. Resistance is futile! We don’t know who placed this image right on top of the safety light of the bus, but at least the message it conveys is partially true. Once you have a baby, you basically live to serve them.
13. Correct punctuation is a must!
When it comes to pancake toppings, Boy Syrup is the best around. We know it’s the first thing we reach for after cooking up some tasty flapjacks. We just don’t understand those people out there who prefer regular maple syrup at all.
14. Sh*t yourself
The reflection of the letters on the water completely changed the meaning of this swimsuit advertisement. The “u” in “suit yourself” looks more like an “H”. It makes a big difference.
15. If only I had some scissors…
This design fail is self-explanatory. “To remove scissors from pack: Carefully cut cable ties using scissors, as shown in diagram,” the instructions read. They didn’t consider the fact that someone might be buying scissors because they don’t have scissors.
16. Toilets and mirror ceiling
Maybe it’s just us, but we don’t think putting mirror ceilings in a public bathroom with multiple toilet stalls was a good idea. Users of this bathroom would get a big surprise if they ever happened to look up.
17. Hot dog anyone?
Sometimes a design is so awkward that it makes you just want to shake your head and ask “what was this designer thinking?” This is definitely one of those occasions. The hot dog poking out of the bun was already bad enough. Then they painted the mustard on.
18. This floral print dress
Flowers are a lovely addition to any dress design. However, placement is so important. From the back of this white dress, it totally looks like someone had a little accident on their way to the bathroom.
19. The DESIGN SCHOOL I graduated from sent this postcard out
It’s one thing for some random science university program to accidentally send out a confusing postcard like this, but a design school doing so? It looks like someone probably needs to re-enroll and try again. Either that or change careers.
20. Two signs, one pole
The signs on their own are fine. However, placing them right next to each other on the same pole sort of sends the wrong message. In these woods, the children are slow and you can hunt them with a shotgun.
21. Proof your layouts, people
The magazine is actually called “Where”, but you would never guess by glancing at the cover. The layout looks a little bit like they are calling the woman in the dress an “Orange County whore”. The designer definitely should have gotten a second pair of eyes on this one before publishing.
22. Misshapen cake
It is supposed to be a cake celebrating a girl named Emma’s first birthday. However, the reality is that it looks like a dick with balls that says weed. We imagine the label could also lead someone to believe that it is a cake shaped like a weed pipe.
23. Awful pool design
While we’re on the topic of things shaped like dicks, check out this pool design. Maybe from the ground level, it’s not noticeable, but from up above it certainly is. The hot tub at the head of the pool seals this pool’s fate as a massive design fail.
24. Attention, here we have a crappy sign
This toilet is only for disabled elderly pregnant children. So in other words, it’s for no one. Thanks for shopping with them though!
25. Happy 20170!
We imagine it’s a New Year’s sign from 2017, but it’s hard to tell. It looks a lot more like a light-up glasses store celebrating 20170 years of stupidity. At the very least, it’s clear their glasses aren’t really helping them see better or they would never have put the sign up.