The fifth Design Crimes event this Thursday sees five creatives discussing the lazy, poor or downright dangerous design practices that make them want to scream or turn or violence. Below co-organiser Steve Price – better known as creative director of Plan-B Studio – tells us a bit about the event and reveals some of the most popular offenders put to the knife at previous Design Crimes events.

While so much of our time is dedicated to finding celebrating good design, very little discussion is focussed on the designs that sneak into our lives that aren’t very good. Design Crimes is an event to change all that with an opinionated panel flagging up their examples of designs that commit the most crimes! The theme for the forthcoming edition, in the wake of the Diamond Jubilee, is Patriotism.

I thought I would share some of my recent favourites from past shows:

Food packaging – chosen by Thursten Van Elten –  Design Crimes #1, May 2011

We've all seen it. Cucumbers wrapped the their own, unnecessary plastic sheef. Bananas in bags, individually wrapped apples and don' get me started in lemons.


Remember when we were kids and the fruit was in baskets in the shop and you took them out the trays and in to your basket. Typically most vegetables and fruit have skin. Skin which, by it's very design is there to protect the said fruit or veg. It's vile and unnecessary, and our global landfills would be better off with out it.

Apart from when you see it wrapped around a flying rat then it's ok.

Uggs – chosen by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion at the British Council – DesignCrimes #1, May 2011

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You see them shuffling along the streets like zombies from 28 Days Later. Every shuffle achingly returning us via devolution back to a time when we slithered a slimed our way out of ponds and pools.

These particular items weren't even intended to be worn on the street, they were invented as house slippers, yet despite this they've made their entrance to our high streets and are to shoes what the tracksuits and shellsuits were to fashion. 

Stereoscopic 3D cinema – chosen by Emma Booty, Creative Director, Conran – #DesignCrimes edition#3, May 2012

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I remember going to the cinema when I was a child to see Jaws 3D, the first film I'd seen in 3D. I suppose at the age of eight or nine I was impressed, but it didn't leave a lasting impression on me. I don't (yet) wear glasses and object to having too to watch a film wearing them.

There are few films that don't come in this mode now and it's just unnecessary, as are the television sets!

DesignCrimes is held at the offices of LBi on Brick Lane, east London. The event is free but you'll need tickets from