Skip to content

The prevalence of bad design in the Internet Age

Most times when I’m doing research for a potential project, I keep a trash can close by. This trash can contains the vomit that is excreted from my mouth when I see exceptionally bad design. I usually rely on reputable artist websites like to do research, because the artists that post on them have fantastic inspiring work from around the world. Sometimes, there aren’t enough examples there, and so I dig through the depths of tumblr, the graves of pinterest, and the mourge of deviantart. From top to bottom, there is no method to the design. No thought to what the artist was trying to accomplish, and no thought to the layout, target demographic, interaction of color- nothing. In the Age of the Internet, you can upload your work for millions to (fortunately or unfortunately) to see. It seems like more and more people think they are “designers” when they are nothing more than half-baked kids that pirated Photoshop. Thankfully, sites like Behance curate the best work, and bad work on tumblr and pinterest can be scrolled past in mere seconds.

The problem still remains- will these poorly trained artists that are multiplying by the minute give design a bad name if they aren’t stopped?



  1. nmonton001 wrote:

    that was pretty graphic. (hah! get it?)
    I think behance does have a lot of good stuff for reference and inspiration, but I have seen people’s portfolios that were just poorly constructed designs. I am guilty of browsing through Tumblr, sometimes Pinterest, and even DeviantArt as well. i think that it is just a matter of being very specific with what you want to see. There are always going to be bad designers. The Internet just gives more people a way to share their art with a bigger audience.

    And no one starts at the top! In most cases, you have to work your way up to get good.

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:40 am | Permalink
  2. i_like_cats wrote:

    I agree. Whether art or design is good or bad is pretty subjective, but I agree that I do see a lot of stuff that I consider awful. You have to remember that if there was only “good” design available to see, then how would we know what NOT to do? I think bad design teaches us as much as good design. I will check out that site though. I like

    Friday, February 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink
  3. nmonton001 wrote:

    I agree with Alexis. There are always going to be good and bad designers. The design world IS a competitive place. But there is a place for everyone, good or bad.

    Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink