Photoshop: When It’s Bad, It’s Really Bad


Adobe Photoshop can be used to help enhance and edit photos to look the way you want them to. It is very easy to accidentally mess up a photo if you are not paying careful attention to detail. Pay careful attention to the images you are editing, in order to avoid mishaps.

People will find any mistake you make and circulate it.

It could be considered a Photoshop fail when you alter an image too much.


Unless you are skilled in Photoshop, using it to fool your friends isn’t your best bet.


Not so flawless after all! These hilarious – and bizarre – Photoshop fails will leave you wondering how they EVER made it to print- By Esra Gurkan

“We are all aware that the majority of models who grace the covers of magazines and billboards are photoshopped.It is a useful photo-editing application that can smooth out our rough bits and make us look a little bit slimmer, or curvier. At times though, it can go wrong and obvious editing flaws can be missed before magazines go to print.”

Photoshop when used well can enhance and fix your images, when used poorly it will give your audience something to laugh about.

Difficulties Deciphering: Where do I Find This?


There are websites and advertisements all around us that give us information. Advertisements and websites can be designed in such a way that makes information difficult to locate. Designers need to keep in mind their audience and design with function in mind.

It can happen on websites too.

It can lead to frustration and lack of usability.


Sometimes important infor is left out altogether.


Bad Web Design: A Look At The Most Hilariously Terrible Websites From Around The Web- By Brenda Barron

“(…)Sometimes it takes you to another screen that shows the item in more detail. Other times clicking on a picture takes you to another screen with all the items in that category. There isn’t a good menu structure for easy navigation.
An eCommerce site should make you want to stay and look around. The items for sale should be front and center. This site focuses too much on its flashing-in-the-dark gimmick. The purpose of the store is to sell the items, but this web design just makes me want to leave.”

There are many things that can turn users away from an advertisement or website but, difficult navigation is one of the major reasons. If people do not understand where to find the information they need immediately, they will look elsewhere.

Make it or Break it: The Importance of Design Planning


There is design aspects in almost every industry. Design is less effective when there is no planning or coherent thought process behind it. In order to make campaigns and other project as impactful as possible take the time to properly plan out the design.

Lack of design planning and consideration is even prevalent at major events.

Poor design planning can lead to decreased usability and frustration.


Poor design planning can cause campaigns to be less effective.


The 5 P’s of Success – Proper- Planning- Prevents- Poor- Performance- By Jennifer Brouwer

“Thoughtful, detailed planning is so important when starting a project. Start by making lists that detail what you want to accomplish (scope of work), who will be involved (the design team and trades), and what will you need to make it all happen (the budget). Be specific and research each category so that very detail has been addressed and nothing has been overlooked.”

Poor planning can ruin campaigns and other projects you find yourself working on. Remember to take time and consider the planning of your design before you go to execute it. It could save your project.

InDesign: Page Layout blessing or Complicated Design Curse


Adobe InDesign is a popular page design and layout program. There are many shortcuts to remember and confusing settings. Before attempting to make a spread in InDesign watch tutorials or ask for advice so you don’t stress yourself out too much.

InDesign causes unnecessary stress and confusion.

Grids and alignment tools can be difficult to locate and work with.

People even know before they try to use it that they are going to be confused.

The Worst Designed Feature in InDesign-David Blatner

“Everyone gets frustrated with InDesign sooner or later… even us! (And you know I truly love InDesign.) But a few features in this program go beyond just frustrating and enter a realm called “bang your head on the desk trying to figure out why Adobe did it this way.”
Don’t get me wrong—I know no one on the InDesign team designed these features maliciously in order to make our lives miserable. On the contrary, I know that those folks work long and hard to make the best product they can. And I’m sure they had the best of intentions. I suspect the engineers look back at some of these features and think, “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.’”

Adobe InDesign can be very confusing to use and make you question why it was designed the way it was. However, once you get the hang of it you can make awesome page layouts.

Signage: Wayfinding Tool or Unnecessary Confusion


There is signage everywhere to help us navigate our surroundings. Sometimes signage can be redundant and unnecessary. Signage needs to be monitored and designed to be straightforward and only placed where needed.

People enjoy making fun of unnecessary signs and notice immediately when a sign is basically useless.

People feel as though the signage is put up because they are not smart enough to understand basic things.


Rather than spending money on unnecessary signage it could go towards more important things.


Rip down pointless road signs, says Patrick McLoughlin- By Christopher Hope

“The Department for Transport is today publishing new traffic signs advisory guidance to give local authorities with hints of how to remove pointless signs, such as yellow “at any time” signs above double yellow lines which have been obsolete since 2002.
Officials published a list of the worst examples including a sign which said: “This sign is not in use” and another which warned: “Danger. Slippery puddle.’”

It’s not difficult for people to recognize when signage is unnecessary, it’s time to start removing unnecessary signage and start spending money on more pressing matters.

Typography Tid Bits


Typography can be a crucial part of a brand. Bad typography can interfere with peoples’ first impression of a brand. Be careful when deciding what typography to use and how its layout.

Using direction and a simple colour scheme keeps it simple yet engaging.

Simple and legible is the way to go, use an appropriate colour scheme.

Typography can make people feel a certain way and affect their first impression of a brand.

What is Good Typography?

“Good ty­pog­ra­phy is mea­sured by how well it re­in­forces the mean­ing of the text, not by some ab­stract scale of merit. Ty­po­graphic choices that work for one text won’t nec­es­sar­ily work for an­other. (Corol­lary: good ty­pog­ra­phers don’t rely on rote so­lu­tions. One size never fits all.)”

Typography when used correctly helps to give individuals a general idea about a brand. It can be used in ways that promote a certain mood or atmosphere that goes along with the brand.

Nobody Notices Design: Until It Fails

Good design goes by unnoticed. One mistake and everyone thinks it’s hilarious. Bounce back from design failures and use them to promote new and better designs.


Everyone can agree that design fails are hilarious

The more painfully inconvenient the funnier…


Design fails even happen in the professional world…


Five Ways to Fail at Design-By Sohrab Vossoughi

“As much as the business world seems to admire design innovation these days, very few companies are doing it well. As the founder of a firm that helps businesses innovate, I’ve watched approvingly as design has gone from a niche topic to the covers of mainstream publications and the keynotes at business conferences. And yet, in 28 years of creative consulting, I have seen far more corporate design efforts fail than succeed.

The arguments in favor of these efforts have been solid: commercial markets are saturated with adequate offerings, consumers are more aware of alternatives and more discerning in their choices, and innovative design is an effective way to differentiate and communicate a brand. But while there are plenty of familiar examples of design-driven market success — Oxo, Apple, Umpqua Bank, Virgin Atlantic and Netflix, to name a few — they are the exceptions, not the rule.”

Design fails are hilarious and tend to be more popular than good design.



Color Schemes: The Bad and The Ugly


Colour schemes are an important part of design. Bad colour schemes cause people to turn away from your brand or website. Carefully plan your colour scheme in order to promote yourself in the best way possible.

It is easy to notice a bad color scheme…

People seem to notice color schemes pretty much anywhere…


People get very attached and judgmental over them….


Color Combinations From HellーDeath Sentence For Your Designs – By Ann Davlin

“People are visual, so when they see a badly designed website they just run away. They won’t look for your ‘Buy Now’ or ‘Sign Up’ buttons because there is somebody with more user-friendly website waiting for them somewhere on the web. You have a lot of competitors, so don’t reduce your chances to generate conversions.

Most of the bad web design examples from this post were created long ago. Nobody cares about their redesign and they just exist. Meanwhile there are relatively new websites that were designed by some “professionals” who appear to have eyes at the back of their heads. Of course some designs below are hands-down ugly, some are better – still, all of them could have been made with more insightful colors approach. It’s very strange to see these sites because nowadays most people have an unlimited access to the web where they can learn everything (and the color theory too).”

When people see a bad web design they assume that it isn’t a good source or a legit site and will automatically click away. Using a good colour scheme is a great and easy way to look legit.


Comic Sans: Do People Actually hate It?


Comic Sans is a very well known and easily recognizable font. Comic Sans has a reputation for being terrible. Do people actually hate it or are they just jumping on the bandwagon.

It is ICONIC, everyone can recognize it!

It’s one of the only typefaces people can use as an insult…

People love to hate it!

Do people actually hate comic sans or do they just love to hate it….

Comic Sans: Why all the Hate?- By Snapily

“Comic Sans has an interesting history. In a few short years, it’s gone from beloved to despised. What happened? Where did all the love go? In an age of internet memes and a celebration of the ridiculous, trolls on sites like Reddit have come to treat Comic Sans as the anathema of decent fonts. You’d never want to use it in on your resume, and certainly not on your term paper. It definitely doesn’t seem so organized if you’re a grant writer, sophisticated if your investment firm needs to submit proposals or your law firm affidavits.

The font initially exploded. It was actually used in many of the instances I mentioned above, as ridiculous as it might seem. But that’s the problem. Clearly, it was intended to fit a certain aesthetic and not push the boundaries of what might be considered a formal or even elegant font. For them, it’s been clearly overused: in warning labels and even on gravestones. That explains the visceral backlash over the last few years as it’s become the object of an endemic internet meme seemingly dedicated to eradicating the tool from the typist’s domain.”

As much as people seem to dislike Comic Sans it is a pretty successful font, everyone can recognize it and is one of the most well known. Everyone may claim to hate it but not everyone will have a reason why.