‘Ugly Design’ Instagram Is Full Of Things To Make You Laugh And Cringe And Here’s 35 Of The Best Pics From It

Prepare to feast your eyes on the crème de la crème of ugly designs that are so cringy that they’re good. Well, almost. The Ugly Design Instagram page has over 572k followers who wait for the newest posts, curated by Swiss founders Jonas Nyffenegger and Sébastien Mathys.

We’ve collected some of the ugliest designs you’ve probably seen all week (and all month, we’re hoping), so scroll down, upvote your fave pics, and let us know in the comments which of these designs left the biggest impression on you.

The founders of the IG account told Bored Panda that they believe they found so much success over the years because of the contrast between their posts and the many pictures on Instagram that are “norm-perfect.” Read on for the full interview!

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Raine Soo2 days ago

Don’t I look like a jackass?33ReplyView more comments#2 

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Daria B2 days ago

His face says it all.65ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

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Lauren Caswell2 days ago

I like that121ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“When seeing an ugly design rather than perfect aesthetics (as defined in the 21st century)—scrollers takes notice. Also, @Uglydesign never gets predictable—that is key to maintain and grow followers in our opinion.”

According to the founders, what keeps them inspired to keep on posting ugly designs is that they enjoy the unexpected. “We find it crazy that this theme can still surprise us and make us laugh so much after having dug into it for so long,” the said, adding that they feel that ugly designs feel like a bottomless, never-ending pit.

“We are posting various topics under the theme of ugly design, from maximalism to design fails, covering everything from luxurious furniture, jewelry, fashion, nail art, architecture, to upcycling… And except for some designs fail, we believe it is an incredible source of inspiration and joy,” they said, pointing out that ugly designs can be beautiful and inspirational, too.#4 

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Helen Haley2 days ago

That looks super uncomfortable.94ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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Katrin P.2 days ago

Hey, that’s cool!108ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

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Evelína Zlá2 days ago

It looks like some insect eggs or something… and it must be very comfy…60ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

The main mission of Ugly Design is to find unexpected, extraordinary, and strange design pieces and then share them with the world. Or, as the creators of the page put it, “minimalism is a dead end.”

One of the founders, Sébastien, who calls himself a “professional Googler,” is a partner at a small graphic design and type studio, as well as the team lead of a screenprint workshop. Meanwhile, Jonas studies product design at ECAL in Switzerland, is a “trash digger,” and works as a designer at a furniture company in Stockholm.

According to Sébastien, he considers ugly to be beautiful. “I would cry if there weren’t any ugly designers anymore, if all our surrounding objects and items looked the same,” he told Artsy.#7 

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ZoSanUltra2 days ago

So cute, lol107ReplyView more comments#8 

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tima2 days ago

disgusting55ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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ZoSanUltra2 days ago

Pretty fun looking, actually53ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

He has a great point: imagine how boring life would be if everything was beautiful and there were no contrasts with ugly things. Even worse, there wouldn’t be anything that we could point at while shouting, “Oh my God, look at that! What is that?!” It’s an important part of being human and it’s not something that we’re willing to give up. That’s why Ugly Design is so beautiful.

The roots of Ugly Design stretch back to 2013 after Sébastien and Jonas met while studying design in Switzerland. They went to an international furniture fair in Milan where they saw a bathtub that was reimagined as a sofa. They then started a friendly competition to see who could come up with the ugliest design.

The idea behind Ugly Design was fully realized in 2015. After spending a year on Tumblr, it hopped on over to Instagram where it found lots of popularity and became fully-fledged while “disrupting people’s perfect feed.”#10 

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Foxxy (The Original)2 days ago

Can the priest/pastor or whatever actually hear themselves over the beach sounds.121ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

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tima2 days ago

plot twist: you’ll find inside it a small, very small leather bag148ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

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Raine Soo2 days ago

Oh, hell, no. These look creepy.62ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“We want to share an alternative aesthetic, something different from most Instagram design curators who more or less post the same content. The uglier the better,” the pair told i-D.

Jonas added: “In the beginning, we considered ugliness in design as a negative phenomenon and were trying to highlight designs that we were taught to think of as bad. Slowly, we started to see a lot of nuances in this ugly aesthetic and we no longer consider ugly as negative or pejorative.”#13 

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Scagsy2 days ago

I’ll have a sirloin please and do you have peppercorn sauce?23ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

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Raine Soo2 days ago

How does one go about getting a shirt in the exact same print as the upholstery?57ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

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Mimi7772 days ago

Aw I bet a lot of time went into knitting this. I give her an A for effort.73ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#16 

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Daria B2 days ago

When your grandparents are also secret agents hiding valued secret information151ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#17 

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ZoSanUltra2 days ago

Is it weird that I actually really like this?18ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

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tima2 days ago

actually i love it. i want one 😍85ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

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Daria B2 days ago

The two buildings are kissing ♡36ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

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tima2 days ago

RIP (relax in peace)67ReplyView more comments#21 

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tima2 days ago

CREEPY42ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

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John-Paul Bitler2 days ago

As a tech nerd I actually think this is really cool66ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#23 

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Scagsy2 days ago

You could lie face down and pretend you’d been mugged by a giant53ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

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Van Nguyen2 days ago

it’s funny51ReplyView more comments#25 

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HempFairy2 days ago

Interesting concept.32ReplyView more comments#26 

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Yayaboobo2 days ago

Does anyone else see the Jesus’ image?32ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

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Toujin C’Thlu2 days ago

Someone *really* likes Bernie52ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#28 

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Scagsy2 days ago

Anybody got a light?41ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

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ZoSanUltra2 days ago

That’s one way to lose weight..127ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

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zims2 days ago

This one’s actually neat, I can see how it can be laid on different angles to create different sitting/laying arrangements. It just looks awkward because she’s using it as a computer chair.72ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#31 

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ZoSanUltra2 days ago

I like it xD22ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#32 

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Foxxy (The Original)2 days ago

Whats next, toe jam toothpaste.34ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

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zims2 days ago

Eh, this one’s not bad, it’s an innocent color combo with our minds making associations where there are none intended.57ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#34 

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Scagsy2 days ago

The bean tin just adds to the overall appeal56ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#35 

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chi-wei shen2 days ago

When your phone becomes your best friend and you need someone to hold your hand.37ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations…

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