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Horrible design

Every once in a while I believe that designers need to look at horrible designs. By doing so I believe it keeps up from doing the same mistakes. This is what we call “Learning from other peoples mistakes.” I came across a website titled “Logo Design Blog” ( This website has several examples of what not to do. Some of the designs look thrown together without even thinking of a concept. Some of these logos and designs are so unreal I cant help but to laugh. I was kind of surprised when I saw the capital one logo on there, but its probably on there because it has the ‘signature SWOOP’ that every logo has. All the rest of the designs are for companies I never heard of.

Hope you guys enjoy these horrible designs. Go to the website above and see all the great examples of bad design.


  1. Design Deficient wrote:

    This blog had a some interesting images. I don’t think that they are all horrible designs, the Brownlee Reservoir Charters is somewhat similar to the idea of Bass Pro Shop, at least in idea. The Anthony Byrne symbol is exactly like another symbol that I can’t remember. I looked all over for it.
    I think you are right that you need to know design to do design but I think labeling stuff bad design might restrict future designs. Every bad design has something you can take from it, then you don’t fall into patterns of making the same type of designs over and over again.

    Thanks for putting up this link!

    Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink
  2. kwalter wrote:

    I think for a lot of these there were probably concepts. It’s just that either the people making the logo didn’t realize that what they were making wasn’t good, its specifically what the client wanted, or the designer wasn’t someone who has been properly trained or taught graphic design.
    After seeing some of the logos though, I have to say I definitely feel a lot better about my logo making abilities.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:15 am | Permalink
  3. jpeter11 wrote:

    I agree with your statement that looking at bad design will help with your own design and learning what NOT to do.

    Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink