108 Hilarious Text Design Fails


Design seems like such a simple, elementary thing when you think about it, but hordes of people keep getting the basics wrong, often with hilarious and side-splitting results. Buildings are hard to design, as are other objects, but we usually take the layout of sentences and phrases for granted, as though everyone will be able to understand us no matter how.we.words.our.place.

Well, the truth is, designing text so it’s readable isn’t as easy as you’d expect. There’s a system to it. There are processes that must be followed. Rules that ought never be broken. Except that those rules are broken all the time by some oblivious people. Bored Panda collected some of the best examples of incredibly bad text design that is wonderfully enjoyable to make fun of. So upvote the best/worst fails, see if your friends can figure out what’s actually written, and let us know in the comments if you've seen design fails that compare to these ones.

We know how much you enjoy design fails, so you can read Bored Panda’s previous posts about them here, here, here, here, and here.

#1 Noted

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#2 This Terribly Worded Sign I Saw Today. Sorry, I’ll Pick Up My Dog’s Poop... Wouldn’t Want To Ruin Your Child Eating Experience

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#3 How Do I Apply?

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One of the online communities where similar text design fails are shared daily is the subreddit ‘Don’t Dead Open Inside,’ which prides itself on collecting the most egregious examples of signs and media that don’t make any sense if you read them normally. The community, which was established in May 2014, is large, having grown to over 513,000 members.

Bored Panda reached out to the 'Don't Dead Open Inside' subreddit moderators. According to one of them, the community was inspired to form because of the 'Don't Dead Open Inside' frame from the very first episode of the hit TV show The Walking Dead.

According to one moderator, people make mistakes while designing text because "they're either not thinking or they want to be original. Our main mission statement is to show them that they are wrong."

They also had advice for those individuals willing to step up their game design-wise: "People in the west read left to right, then top to bottom. Do not "liven up" your text by making it "quirky". Hard to read means lost attention which translates to lost revenue."

#4 Attention

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#5 Truly Inspiring

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#6 Apparently Scary Jesus Is A Thing

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Canva has some handy tips for those of you willing to up your design game when it comes to words. For example, Canva suggests that you limit the number of fonts that you use and use simple ones, rather than complex ones that might not mesh together well.

#7 Honey, I Think We're Supposed To Turn Right

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#8 The Design School I Graduated From Sent This Postcard Out

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#9 Smash Immigrants Welcome Racism

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Spacing, something most of us rarely think about, is also important and can bring about radically different effects simply by eliminating the negative space between letters, words, and sentences.

#10 Thanks For The Advice

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#11 If You Hard, Then You Hard

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#12 If You Were In A Car, Would You Know What Accident To Do?

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Meanwhile, colors are equally important: use them to your advantage to create harmony between different parts of the text. Use contrasting and complementary colors. Lines can be used to guide the reader’s attention and create symmetry; however, badly used lines can turn a sign or a design into a catastrophe. Think you’ve got all that? Good. Let us know how you’d fix the text designs in this list.

#13 Who Else Is Donating To End Children?

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#14 This New Wall Art In My Office

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#15 So My Campus Had A Suicide Awareness And Prevention Day

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#16 This Won The Design Competition

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#17 Experience

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#18 I Only Saw The Left Window At First And Got Very Confused

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#19 Vicious Inc... What?!

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#20 From Afar, This Sign Has A Completely Different Meaning

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#21 Hood On vs. Hood Off

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#22 7 Surprising Black Ways To Use Beans

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#23 Our To Help Trollies You Move

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#24 No Safety. Smoking First

#25 Always Forgotten - Missed Never

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#26 Book Don’t By Judge It’s A Cover At My High School

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#27 Please Do Not Take It Home. Leave Litter Here

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#28 They Must Have Added The Arrows After Realising How Steamy It Was Originally

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#29 Please Sick Please Donate Kids Donate

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#30 I’m Call Pregnant Me

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#31 Dip Dip

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#32 Just Purchased This Low Quality Fried Chicken At The Grocery Store

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#33 I Am Dond

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#34 I Give Up

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#35 Five Extremely Slow Children Playing

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#36 Friend Of A Friend Got A New Tattoo

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#37 If U Stay, Go, Stay Do It 4ever Today

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#38 Never Ever Ever Beef. Frozen Always

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#39 Burn Increase

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#40 Do I Push?

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#41 Did Hurt My Your Back Knife?

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#42 Don't Worry You'll About It Be Ok

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#43 They Are, In Fact, A Particular Sub-Species Of Rock

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#44 Wewclmloe

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#45 I Think The Real Question Is: Why On A Toilet Seat?

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#46 Auitsumn

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#47 Hard Do Hat Not Area Enter

#48 Nono Paingain

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#49 Stand Hong With Kong

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#50 Wales Prince Of Hotel

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#51 When Your Gym Tryies Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

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#52 This Monstrosity

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#53 Well, Uh... I Guess That's A Good Motto

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#54 New Paint On The Wall At My Gym

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#55 This Habitat For Humanity Van

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#56 There Isis There. More! More?

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#57 Either Way This Makes No Sense

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#58 Ate At A Local Restaurant

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#59 Baby Needs Beers & Wines

#60 Men Because Women

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#61 Sorry, We Don't Over $20 Bills Accept

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#62 My Hometown Parade. Dear God

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#63 I Would Like A Free Donation. Also, Here's My Lemonade

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#64 Why Did I Name My Show "The Joel With Mchale Joel Show Mchale"?

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#65 Shosple Colupis

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#66 This Sign At My International School

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#67 *inhales* Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything Everything

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#68 Jesus Are Is Coming You Back Ready?

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#69 What Do?

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#70 Stop Refreshing

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#71 Who Thought This Was Acceptable

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#72 Popped Up On My Feed

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#73 Hear That Noise? We Are Growing. We Can Fix It Again. Apply Inside

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#74 Saw This At Work Today

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#75 Real Trucks Not Carry Loads, Handbags

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#76 Do Not Take And Put Blue Chairs Them Onto Gym Floor! Away When Done

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#77 Carop Washen

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#78 So I Fart Old Dust

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#79 Trust Onoe

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#80 I Drink Game And Of I Loans Interest Is Coming Know Things

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#81 I Live In Tootrno

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#82 No Know Jesus Jesus

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#83 What Does What What Does?

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#84 Get Good News One Buy

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#85 Tread Though Our What Softly Leaves Words Can Because

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#86 S3adlaey

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#87 My Eyes Just Died

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#88 Found At A Local Bar

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#89 Just Stop

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#90 Always Bright Look On Side The Of Life

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#91 This Sign I Saw In Someone’s Yard

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#92 Babies What Drink Are Milk You

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#93 How To Give Someone A Seizure

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#94 Teachers Who Love Teach Children Teaching To Love Learning

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#95 Wet Private Clay Parties

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#96 Saw This In A Store Today

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#97 Lsatnyglueaigne Lsatnyglueaigne

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#98 Karaoke Thursday Here Every Sunday

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#99 Fire Keep Door Shut

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#100 70,000 Can’t Be Teeth, Wrong

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#101 You Had Meat "Hello"

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#102 Catc H So Mes Tard Ust

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#103 Sorry Guys, You Can’t Let Your Pets Cook Bicycles Here

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#104 It's Supposed To Be A Quote From The Hamilton Musical. I Can See Life And Liberty But That's All I've Made Sense Of

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#105 Aloha, Please Remove Your Hawaii

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#106 Don't Save A Life. Be Afraid To Give Blood

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#107 This Sign I Saw While Visiting Vancouver

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#108 Power Bur To The Ger

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