Design Indaba 2019: 8 categories of bad design

Design is all around us. But have you ever stopped to think whether something is a good or bad design? British design critic Alice Rawsthorn has. In fact, she thinks we all need to pay more attention to bad design – and she's not afraid to say exactly who she thinks is guilty of it.

Speaking at Design Indaba 2019 she says: “Very little design is actually great." But also recognises that defining what is good and bad design can be tricky, especially when the definition can change with time and depending on context. In order to demonstrate this, Rawsthorn used the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright as an example.

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Kerrie Hughes
Freelance writer

Kerrie Hughes is a frequent contributor to Creative Bloq, and was once its editor. One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications such as ImagineFX, Computer Arts and Digital Camera World. After a stint working for the police, Kerrie is back reviewing creative tech for creative professionals.