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Dark Humour in Design

Katharina Scholtz

Audre Lorde said that our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge. Luckily, or unluckily for you, I’m not feeling so shiny today, and have channelled this into a search for some examples of dark humour in design.

I was interested to see how people with the skill to create something tangible manage negative emotions to create something that is unique, gets noticed and people want to have in their homes (ok, well certain kinds of freaky people like me). The balance between darkness and humour is a tough one to strike.

Hopefully you find these interesting, and if not, I'll use the following quote as my disclaimer:

Humour is the absence of terror, and terror the absence of humour.

- Lord Richard Buckley
 

Dark Humour on Your Desk

An interesting take on the pen holder.

Ouch.

Image credit: Matthew James Taylor

Dark Humour in Your Kitchen

Brass Knuckles Wine Opener

Ouch Toothpick Holders

Humourous Cofee Design

Dark Humour in Your Skies


Dark Humour in Your Communication

(I love these so much I had to include 3)

A postcard by Andre Jordan

Postcard 2 from Andre Jordan

Andre Jordan Postcard 3

Dark Humour in Your Park

An interesting take on a signpost.

Dark Humour in Logo Design

And finally, what I feel like when made to wear heels (except for the whole nudity thing ofcourse):

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