Product Design 101: Common Design Mistakes

In visual design, mistakes tend to come from failure to be simple, clear, self-disciplined and user experience-centric. Even the best can make mistakes once in a while due to overthinking, but it’s especially helpful for people starting out to become aware of the common mistakes that are made, so they can be avoided as much as possible.

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The following are seven common design mistakes:


Simply having too much stuff going on. The user doesn’t know where to look. The design conveys a sense of chaos, which results in making the user feel uncomfortable.

Lack of negative space (or white space)

This one is connected to the clutter. There is not enough white space. If you want to look at a company that designs with white space extremely well, check out Apple.  

Failing to create contrast

Without contrast, things that should stand out tend not to stand out. There is no “story” in the visual design.

Ignore visual hierarchy

If a designer ignores the visual hierarchy, the user will subconsciously sense it and likely become confused by the design – another turn-off.

Forgetting about the medium

You could create a great design for a desktop computer, but when it is viewed on a smartphone, the design is jumbled. This will not work in our mobile-first world today.

Not choosing the right color combinations

If the color combinations don’t make sense or provoke a harsh reaction, there is no question that it’s a mistake.

Poor readability and too much text

If the experience of reading the words embedded in the design is poor because of bad readability and/or too much text, the design itself will not be viewed favorably.

When you are working with your design team / resource in the future, you can keep these mistakes in mind, as you evaluate options. Then you can avoid making the same mistakes.