Unpleasant Design Competition

Unpleasant Design Competition

un·pleas·ant Adjective /ˌənˈplezənt/
1. discomfort, unhappiness, or revulsion; disagreeable
2. obstacles, psychological and sensual manipulation in common/public space
3. … and ways to overcome it

Open Call for Submissions


Unpleasant design is an accumulation of urban phenomena in which social control is inherent in the design solution. It is playing a significant role in the way we perceive and engage in public, semi-public and private space. Can there be such a thing as intentionally unpleasant design? Can we use these solutions to impose a code of conduct in public space? Does it solve the problems or generate new ones?

We need your design solution.

Submissions due: Friday, May 25 2012, 6 pm (GMT+1) Saturday, June 30, 2012, 6 pm (GMT+1)



Call for Ideas

Unpleasant Design is an intentional design process where the shape, technology or materials used in the product try to alter people’s behaviour. Most of its products are generally unfriendly and attempt to force people to do something they were not planning to do or stopping them from doing something they already were doing. Most of them can be found in public spaces and semi-private spaces such as shopping malls.

Entries due online by Friday, May 25 2012, 6 pm (GMT+1) Saturday, June 30, 2012, 6 pm (GMT+1)