The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails

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Let’s face it—some of our projects end up a little more successful than others. Sometimes we win awards, like these 81 promo projects, or the 292 winners for the 2017 International Design Awards. And sometimes we mess up. Design fails happen. And there’s nothing wrong with celebrating our failures, acknowledging what went wrong, learning from the mistakes, and moving on.

Today is National Failures Day. So from one of our favorite subreddits (r/CrappyDesign), we bring you 14 design fails that’ll make you go, “Uhhhh.”


Exercises for Designers with Jim Krause: 

  • Learn to sharpen our eyes’ ability to evaluate composition and aesthetics
  • Learn to awaken and enhance hands-on skills involving pens, pencils, inks and paper
  • Learn to reconnect with real-world dimensional media through both planned and improvised creative projects
  • And so much more!

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