Research: what designed thing is the worst in history?


This was a fun twitter research question I asked last week. Of course, since people self-select and many folks who follow me work in tech or are designers the answers aren’t quite representative of what most people would say.

The way I asked the question could have been better – I mean I think that things like the Nazi regime are probably in the top 10 (and with our problems today, use of those ideas is still alive), as well as the design of our entire consumer goods industry which is the major contributor to greenhouse gases that will likely be the end of us all. But it’s natural for people to think of “designed things” as devices and gadgets, things we interact with directly at a human scale.

That said, here’s the list:

What’s missing? Leave a comment. Thanks.

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