I've been reading a bit on bad design. If anything, I have been acting as a contrarian in class against the idea of "bad taste" or "bad design". I just can't imagine who becomes the authority in determining the definition of "good". Nonetheless, I stumbled upon a great quote that comforted my distraught state:
"I’m convinced that without bad design, the world would be a far less stimulating place; we would have nothing to marvel over and nothing to be nostalgic about."
— Carrie Phillips
Nice isn't it? Here is an IDEO article that I find relevant to this idea about Shanzhai design.