Photo (Detail): Luis-Salazar © Unsplash


Simply put, a “Fehler” is a mistake, but it’s also the response to one of life’s big questions: how do we innovate and make progress? Our answer: often by mistake. Misunderstandings, faulty processors, or dead flies can unexpectedly lead to something new. Celebrate with us and peruse our zine to immerse yourself in big and little mistakes alike.


Sign with the inscription “Safety is pleasure”, Sangam, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Photo (detail): Frank Bienewald © picture alliance / imageBROKER

“Pray Lodge in this Unworthy Place”

Den Teufel an die Wand werfen (lit. to throw the devil against the wall).
Photo (detail): © Florian Steffens

On the Wrong Track

© Sanyam Bajay | Goethe-Institut Delhi

Vox Pops: “Mistakes?”

Little Miss No Name / 1965 - Toy brand Hasbro, better known for their action figure G.I. Joe, designed this unusual doll to be an alternative to the hugely popular Barbie. In keeping with the climate of the mid-sixties, they wanted to teach little girls compassion and the realities of life for those less fortunate. With large expressive eyes, Little Miss No Name is dressed in rags, barefoot, and sports a very large tear. She even has an outstretched hand, waiting to be consoled and protected. Most kids were terrified. Hasbro quickly discontinued the doll. Like many other odd short-lived products, Little Miss No Name is now an attractive collector’s item and can be found all over the Internet in short films, from horror films to comedies.
© Museum of Failure, Photo Credit: Jake Ahles

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