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UEFA's Euro 2020 football design crime enrages creatives

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(Image credit: Matt Booth on Twitter/Future owns)

In case you hadn't heard, there's a football tournament on at the moment. The UEFA Euros are in full swing a year later than planned (thanks to you-know-what), and it seems everyone is relishing the ecstasy of watching people kick a ball after what's been a rather challenging 15 months for all. Everyone, that is, except graphic designers.

One designer has spotted what looks like a niggling design fault in UEFA's score/time bar at the bottom of the display – and once you see it, it can never be unseen. It might be the beautiful game, but the score interface is anything but. Perhaps the designers ought to take a look at our guide to the best graphic design tools.

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Designer Matt Booth spotted that while one end of the orange bar is curved, the other is straight. It could well be intentional, although the mind boggles as to why – was someone unable to decide between straight and curved so decided to go for both? Or it could indeed be an accident. Either way, it's the kind of thing graphic designers hate. No wonder Booth is struggling to watch. 

Of course, many will greet the imperfection with a shrug – who cares, right? Designers care. We care. Is it the greatest design crime in history? Probably not (we reckon Apple still holds that crown), but look – the sides don't match! They don't match! One is curved and one is straight! Argh!

"Yes, the graphics are awful," one designer replies. "Just confusing - who actually said - yep, that works?" And another adds, "Nooo, can't unsee!". 'Sorry matey but if I have to suffer seeing this, everyone has to suffer," Booth replies. Well, Matt, we suffering. We hope you're happy.

From the world's most offensive logo to these 12 epic design fails, we've seen no shortage of graphic design clangers over the years. Thankfully, football also comes with its fair share of brilliant designs too – you'll find plenty of them among the best sports logos of all time

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Daniel Piper
Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).