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Design failures – as the name implies – are designs that have completely failed. From time to time, designers fall flat on their faces and create solutions that are outlandish and impractical.
Mistakes happen and poor choices are made. The best thing to do is to learn and move on.
Sometimes, a design may fail regardless of the designer’s skill level or execution. For example, even if the user interface is exquisite and the information architecture is logical and intuitive, there is still a chance that the design may fail. Why? The design needs to be adopted and accepted by the target audience.
The spectrum of design failures ranges far and wide. But one thing is for sure, mistakes are a natural part of creativity and the best thing you can do is learn from them.
Here’s the entire UX literature on Design Failures by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:
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