Did anyone engage their brain? These baffling design fails should never have seen the light of day

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Written By Maya Cantina

When designs are rushed into production before anyone sensible has a chance to sign them off, it’s a recipe for disaster.

That can be the only explanation for these baffling snaps from around the world collected by Architecturendesign.net, including a wheelchair ramp in France, which was obstructed by a steel parking meter.

Elsewhere one designer clearly did not consult a compass before embarking on the design for a set of nautical-themed cushion covers. 

And fashion fans were no doubt baffled to spot a jumper for sale emblazoned with the confusing phrase: ‘Don’t be happy, worry’ on it.

Design fails highlighted by Architecturendesign.net include a wheelchair ramp in France, which was obstructed by a steel parking meter 

Get lost!  A designer clearly hadn't looked at a compass before producing these cushion covers

Get lost!  A designer clearly hadn’t looked at a compass before producing these cushion covers

Mixed messages: A jumper with the confusing phrase 'Don't be happy, worry' is not going to reassure anyone

Mixed messages: A jumper with the confusing phrase ‘Don’t be happy, worry’ is not going to reassure anyone 

Wheely bad job! A cycle lane in Budapest leads straight into a steel barrier and has probably caused more than one or two injuries

Wheely bad job! A cycle lane in Budapest leads straight into a steel barrier and has probably caused more than one or two injuries  

Talk about blocking the toilet! Unfortunately this countertop will have to be removed if anyone needs to get into the toilet cistern

Talk about blocking the toilet! Unfortunately this countertop will have to be removed if anyone needs to get into the toilet cistern 

Here's an elevator pitch, don't design a button panel like this if you want anyone to get off at the right floor at their hotel

Here’s an elevator pitch, don’t design a button panel like this if you want anyone to get off at the right floor at their hotel 

A fishing trawler spotted in Glasgow seems to take a very rogue approach to the rules of health and safety

A fishing trawler spotted in Glasgow seems to take a very rogue approach to the rules of health and safety 

What a bogey! This camouflage ball handed out at a golfing tournament is not going to be more of a hindrance than a help

What a bogey! This camouflage ball handed out at a golfing tournament is not going to be more of a hindrance than a help 

Spray what? A brand designed two very different products similarly and you would not want to get them mixed up

Spray what? A brand designed two very different products similarly and you would not want to get them mixed up 

Despicable! Someone bought strawberry Minions shampoo for their child however it might just give them nightmares

Despicable! Someone bought strawberry Minions shampoo for their child however it might just give them nightmares

The designers of this slide at a park in Spain decided to ignored the fact that elephants have long tubes hanging from their faces

The designers of this slide at a park in Spain decided to ignored the fact that elephants have long tubes hanging from their faces 

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