Vote in the Most Overrated Design Contest

Just because an idea or a product has become widespread or is “what all the cool kids are using,” doesn’t mean you have to actually embrace it. Same goes for design. First we were all about shiny, glassy icons and web buttons. Now that those are passé, we are all about the flat design, until something cooler comes along. It’s like we spend our time jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon.

Well, if you’ve been aching to tell the world how much you despise the pseudo-hand crafted packaging trend, now is your chance. The folks at Co. Design are having a little March madness of their own with their World’s Most Overrated Design contest. Voting is easy; just type the object of your scorn in the submission field and send it on its way. They will divide all the submissions into categories covering digital and graphic design to architecture and urbanism.

There isn’t much time to vote in the opening round, as the deadline to submit your favorite “senselessly overvalued design” ends March 5th. After that, Co. Design will announce the finalists in each category and they will crown a winner. I’m hoping they post all of the submissions after the contest. I’m tired of hating on the pastel world of flat design and need a new adversary that I’m not even aware of yet.

Posted on: March 3, 2015

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4, and served as leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. After living as a nomad for almost a year, she recently put down roots in El Paso, Texas, where she hikes and bikes every chance she gets. Check out to see all of Erica's upcoming events, tips and tricks, and workbooks.

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