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A client sent me a photo of themselves holding a layout sketch.While sitting on the toilet.I still...
A client sent me a photo of themselves holding a layout sketch.
While sitting on the toilet.
I still don’t know if they wanted their junk included in the illustration.
"I don’t like this Word file and I’m tired of PDFs. Please save it as a jpg so they can enter their..."
- Just the wrongest person.
I’m working with a client who says they’ve “done design” and act like they know more about it than I...
I’m working with a client who says they’ve “done design” and act like they know more about it than I do. Today, while looking at a design for a pamphlet:
Client: This logo on the back – I know it’s our partner’s logo but can we change the color? It doesn’t fit with our pamphlet.
I’m supposed to design a campaign with the logo of the company I work for and the one of the company...
I’m supposed to design a campaign with the logo of the company I work for and the one of the company we’re associated with so I ask them for their logo (I have one version of it in vector format but they wanted to use their new version) and receive a 100 x 115 px JPG and PNG logo. I proceed to call them to ask for a vector file.
Client: What do you mean a vector file? What’s that? Doesn’t PNG work for you? It has a transparent background!
Me: I would need either an .AI or .PDF file of your logo since an image can’t be resized any bigger without losing quality. Could you please ask if you have that version? The designer who did that logo must have it.
Client: No, that’s all we have. But let me export the PNG logo to PDF so you can work with that one.
Client: Look, there’s even a website where I can export it to different formats! Hold on…
He starts reading the exporting formats (they were all image formats) and got excited when he read .GIF as if he exported the logo it would move.
I made a promotional video for a client. I found a perfect song for background use, but it was watermarked with a woman’s voice saying “this is a watermark. Please buy a license to remove this voice sample.”
Me: Do you like the song I used?
Client: No! It had a woman talking through the whole thing for some reason.
This client must have taken a management seminar from “every bully in every 80s movie.”
I am a full-time, PAID, award-winning photographer. I’ve worked with a particular retailer for more...
I am a full-time, PAID, award-winning photographer. I’ve worked with a particular retailer for more than four years, both as their photographer and as an exhibiting artist in their gallery. I just ended year five of my on-going project.
Every year, they have a one-day national sales event, which I have photographed for them, in exchange for product – they make BEAUTIFUL, expensive, wonderful products, which I would not otherwise purchase.
This year, the new manager has made some changes: one is not caring for exhibitors, which resulted in an in-coming artist removing my work without permission, sticking labels to the glass on the pieces, and piling the work in a corner.
The other is a seeming disregard for collaborations.
Today, I received an email:
Client: I hope all is well with you! Are you coming by for (said national sales day)? We just wanted to make sure our favourite photographer will be joining in on the festivities. Just so you know, [The manager’s sister] will be the designated photographer for us this year so you’ll have to come by and snag a few photos with us ;)
Thank you so much for spearheading previous photoshoots!! You are truly an angel <3
Wow. I feel so much better to be displaced by an amateur, but be asked to come work for free. WTF?
Me: Okay, since we’re crunched for time I need you to prioritize these changes. Give me the most important change first, the second most important change second, etc etc. That way I can do what’s most important in time.
I pushed through until deadline, targeting the key issues and getting everything essential done in time.
Me: Here’s my final version to push to live.
Client: What are you talking about? You haven’t finished half of our first priorities?
Me: I asked you to list your top priorities in order – I worked to your list.
Client: Yeah, that didn’t work for us, because EVERYTHING was top priority. We just gave you an alphabetical version.
For the record, of the 117 “top priorities,” they wanted:
* Setting backgrounds to a slightly different color
* Shifting Headlines 5px left
* Changing Button Colors
Client: Why are BOTH these tablets already dead? What were you doing on them and why weren’t they...
Client: Why are BOTH these tablets already dead? What were you doing on them and why weren’t they charged?
Me: …Did you try turning them on?
Client: How the hell am I supposed to turn them on? I don’t know how to do that!
Me: How do you turn your iPhone on?
She then stares at me blankly as I pressed the button on the top right edge of the tablet - the near-exact same spot where the power button is on her iPhone - and sure enough, it powers up to 100%, ready to use.
Client: …Well, why did you turn them off in the first place?
Got a poster design job. The client worked for someone who was converting their nightclub to a restaurant.
Client: We need a poster done, and a double-sided flyer so we can pass out, and we need it tomorrow. We want it to be fashionable and trendy.
It was 9pm when I got the message.
Me: It’s not possible. I need more time than that.
Client: Ok, the latest we can do is the day after tomorrow.
Me: I will try my best. Please give me the info you want on there along with examples of designs you want.
Client: Here’s our logo, and here’s some text we might change. Make it scream fashion!
Me: Have you not finalized that? We don’t have much time.
Client: We’ll finalize it tomorrow.
I made a design I really liked, sent it through the next day.
Client: This is not fashionable.
Makes another one, sent that night.
Client: Still not fashionable!
Me: Okay, can you give me an example of what’s “fashionable” so I have a better idea of what you mean?
The client sends me this tacky poster, I hated it, but I made something like that.
Client: My boss said no to this one. Here are the images he sent.
The Images that were sent were old posters when it was a club: lens flare, dancing girls, table service…
I did what I was asked.
Client: Ok, boss approved. Good job!
I got paid, but I died a little.
I do freelance graphic design on top of a full time job. I make sure my clients know this so we can...
I do freelance graphic design on top of a full time job. I make sure my clients know this so we can schedule accordingly. A friend contacted me asking if I had time to do a flyer for his new business. All he sent me was a photo of their business card and some text.
Me: I work the rest of the week but I’ll have a little time to work on it at night.
Client: No rush on it. We’re really not ready to launch much yet. We just want something ready and want to see what you can do.
Me: Okay, no problem.
Client: How’s it coming?
Me: Well I’m still at work so I haven’t had time to work on it. So I’ll have to message you when I get home.
Client: Like I said, no rush.
Client: How’s it coming?
Me: Well I’m at work but I’ll be working on it again tonight.
Client: Okay, no problem.
Client: How’s it coming?
I show him my work.
Client: Okay. No rush. We just want to get it printed and mailed this weekend.
Client: How’s it coming?
Me: I’m at work I’ll have to message you after.
Client: Just let me know when you’re going to email me your stuff. We want it printed by this weekend so I don’t want to rush you.
Client: How’s it coming?
Me: I just woke up and I work today. I’ll be working on it after work.
Client: Okay no problem. We just wanna get them in the mail hopefully today. Email me when you’re home.
“No rush” apparently means four days that I work my regular job. Which means I’m charging a rush fee.
Client: Hey, we looked up the name we were going to use and a lot of other tech companies already...
Client: Hey, we looked up the name we were going to use and a lot of other tech companies already have that name. Just use this fake name in all the presentation materials until we decide on our new actual name.
There is so much wrong with this I don’t even know where to start.
Client: I can’t log in to the network!Me: Did you check your cables?Client: Of course!Suspicious, I...
Client: I can’t log in to the network!
Me: Did you check your cables?
Client: Of course!
Suspicious, I checked the ethernet cable… and then actually pushed it into the socket.
Client: Oh! That works now!
A client was using WordPress for their website CMS with a very old theme installed, one that didn’t...
A client was using WordPress for their website CMS with a very old theme installed, one that didn’t allow for a lot of design flexibility. A few months ago they were thinking of switching to Squarespace so I sent them a deck outlining the differences between WP and Squarespace, but they never asked about it again.
Client: I am so frustrated with our website backend and the complete lack of design flexibility it affords. I want our pages to be DYNAMIC! Our PRINTED material (attached) is WAY more dynamic than our web page. How can this be? I would love any insights you have.
Me: As for print vs web design, that’s kind of a big discussion…Not sure how to articulate how your CMS works via email in a way that would address your frustrations, but I can jump on a call to explain and take your questions.
Client: I obviously understand that there are differences…however, it seems like our backend is particularly limiting to design, no?
Me: Remember this thing I sent over a while back? [link to deck] it might address some of your concerns on how WP works.
Client: I don’t really have the time to educate myself on website design.
Oh. I guess I was mistaking “asking questions” for “wanting to know answers.” My mistake.
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I’m a programmer for a start-up, building a web system for medics. The app is cloud-based and has a...
I’m a programmer for a start-up, building a web system for medics. The app is cloud-based and has a free-trial period of 14 days.
Client: Hey – I paid for my subscription, but I still see the “free-trial” button. What gives?
Me: That’s really weird, sorry! I’ll give it a look.
I started scouring the app’s code to find out what could be producing an error like this, but everything seemed okay.
Me: Sorry to bother you, but could you send me a screenshot of your error so I can try to reproduce it?
Client: Sure, here you go.
He sent the screenshot, but it wasn’t of the app – it was our website, where the promo banner said: “start your free trial.”
An old client of mine asked me to send him a layout so that his team could edit it. It was a really...
An old client of mine asked me to send him a layout so that his team could edit it.
It was a really simple design, so I figured I’d comply – it would make both our lives easier if I wasn’t responsible for every change. I sent him the open PDF.
Client: You must have sent the wrong file. I can’t change anything.
I sent him the AI file.
Client: Nope, still doesn’t work. I can’t even open that one.
We had a bit of a back and forth before I realized he was trying to edit BOTH files in Acrobat Reader.