14 design fails that were so bad they were actually good

design fails: Coca-Cola bottle creator
(Image credit: @RealiaAmelia on Twitter)

Design fails can have us in stitches, but they also serve as lessons for all designers. Good design takes a lot of skill, time and energy, and never happens by chance. That means it's very, very easy to get it wrong. Unintended results occur with quite some frequency, even from experienced designs, but every designer's mistake is another designer's potential lesson on what to beware of.

Some of the biggest design fails seem so obvious that onlookers outside the process wonder how the design got signed off. They often occur due to oversights, a lack of feedback, or failing to take the time to look carefully at the finished piece in different contexts. 

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.