Universal Design Style Year End Top 10: Bad Design Style

Finally it’s time for the best of the worst. Basically here I tried to choose the most varied examples of bad design with “accessibility”. As always the most recent examples are first.


10. Hard to Reach T.P.

Unless this is Stretch Armstrong’s personal toilet, the toilet paper location is a problem.

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9. Vacation Home Steep Ramp

This house has an elevator so this incredibly long and steep ramp is not needed.

Bad Parking

8. Long Distance Dinner

The disabled (handicapped) parking spots are not in the right location and are very far from the entrance.

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7. Badly Drawn

Yes it’s just a cartoon but media portrayals of accessibility do influence public opinion.


6. Too Close for Comfort

Not a lot of space here to park a wheelchair and transfer. Then there’s the privacy issue.

5. Sloping Everywhere

Let’s just try to put a slope everywhere possible and claim it’s accessible.


4. Pretty … but Dangerous

Very creative and beautiful to look at, but no edge protection or handrails equal a dangerous setup.

Braille Fail

3. Smooth as Braille

Could someone please look up the definition of Braille for me? Thanks.

Walk in bathtub

2. Lack of Legroom

Walk-in bathtubs can be useful, if you can shut the door without your legs in the way.

Fail Blog Ramp

Image: Fail Blog

1. Ramp and Stairs in One

Some things just don’t work well together. Here’s an example.


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