Features, Round-Ups and Megaposts

Major feature posts like the Barfy By Design series.

The Real Barfy Logos of New York

by Sovereign of Spew on April 14, 2011

Barfers, we need to talk. About something important: reality television.

Reality TV is the newest way to make a living doing almost nothing, and you have to love that. How else would you explain the existence of this person?

Or this t-shirt?

This is the heart of the issue. What’s better than coining a catchphrase, then hawking merchandise of said catchphrase? Only saying something stupid and planning to hawk merchandise WITHOUT putting time, energy, or money into the graphic design.

Like this person: Alex McCord of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York. Alex says something stupid in the series’ latest episode. 30 seconds in, she declares fellow housewife Sonja Morgan is a THUG IN A COCKTAIL DRESS:

Luckily, Alex is a graphic designer, so her merch is ready and standing by!

Thug in a Poorly Designed T-Shirt

LORD. It’s a who’s who of bad fonts. What kind of body fits that dress? It’s like Betty Boop with implants. Maybe we can get the thug out of the cocktail dress and into a graphic design class. Just an idea.

Don’t get all aggressive on me, I’M JUST BEING REAL.


Categories: Favorite Bad Logos, Features

Happy New Year from YLMMB!

by Earl of Hurl on January 3, 2011

If 2010 was any indication, 2011 will be another banner year in bad design. Here’s a sample of what you have to look forward to.

We’re always looking for your submissions. Send barfy logos to logos@makesmebarf.com. And have a happy new year!


Category: Features

2010 in Bad Design

by Earl of Hurl on December 31, 2010

As the world celebrates the new year, we’d like to take a moment to look back at 2010.

Many of the worst logos of 2010 have already been covered. Did you see them? Here are our top three posts in 2010 (or at least since we came back online in August):

1. The New Gap Logo is a Box of Fail – This was a media fiasco and our commenters had a field day.

2. Barfy by Design, Volume 1. We did 5 posts worth of businesses with “by design” in their name and crappy logos. This was the first, and fan favorite.

3. The Drake Advantage Logo Gets an F. Drake University in Iowa launched a new marketing campaign with a poor vision and a worse logo. Take a look.

And here’s one for the road, 2010. This is for the International Conference on Interactive Design and Children. What are they doing to that child? I think he’s trapped in the internet.


Category: Features

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Scary Bad Ghost-Themed Logos

by Viceroy of Vomit on October 29, 2010

Scary Bad Logo week wraps up with some ghost-themed logo designs. Happy Halloween barfers! Be safe out there. Heading to a Halloween party? Bar crawl? Last minute costume shopping? Bring your camera. We know there are more Scary Bad Logos out there waiting to be found.


Category: Features

32 Bad Logos from Badly Named Businesses (BBD Volume 5)

by Viceroy of Vomit on October 20, 2010

You thought we’d reached the end, didn’t you? You thought, “There’s no way they have more By Design logos. They’ve already posted 120 of them.”

How I wish that were true. Nay, if anything, I fear that we have only scratched the surface of this nefarious naming cliche. Perhaps this, Volume 5 of Barfy By Design, will serve as powerful attack in the war against bad logos. If we can win the battle of “By Design”, we might just win the war.

Not enough punishment? You want MORE Barfy By Design logos? Seriously? Jesus H, man. Don’t say we didn’t warn you:


Category: Features

If this blog was a TV show, I would be on a spaceship with two talking robots and some mean lady and a gorilla would force me to look at every By Design logo ever made before I can return home.

That’s not the case, so I couldn’t really tell you why I keep putting myself through this. You’re welcome.

Catch up! Here’s Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 of Barfy By Design. You can also view all the posts together using the By Design tag. (Volume 5 is forthcoming. Yes I’m serious.)


Category: Features

30 MORE Bad Logos from 30 Badly Named Companies – BBD Volume 3

by Viceroy of Vomit on September 8, 2010

Please stop. Stop naming your company “Thing-We-Do/Make By Design”. It’s not cute. It’s not clever. It means nothing. It’s boring. AND EVERYONE DOES IT. Don’t believe me? Check out Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Barfy by Design. We’ve got at least two more in the queue. And those are just ones we’ve found on the Internet. Heaven forbid we start flipping through small town phonebooks. By our estimates, companies are being formed with the words “By Design” in their names at the rate of 18,364 per SECOND, and it’s been increasing steadily since 1982. Scientists predict that by 2012, there will be more companies named “[Something] By Design” than PEOPLE ON THIS EARTH. Loyal readers, we need your help. Please help us extinguish this blight upon our planet by submitting each and every terrible By Design logo you can find in your own backyards to logos@yourlogomakesmebarf.com. Provide whatever context or links you can. Remain strong. We’ll get through this together…by design.


Category: Features

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