Friday, November 1, 2013

10 Things Designers HATE to Hear From Clients... So True

This post is for the designers and creatives out there... 
I would have to admit after looking over these 10 cliché client phrases put together by deisgnshack, I have encountered EVERY SINGLE ONE of them... 

...Take a look below and let us know if you can relate.  

Know of any more...?? 
Let us know in the comments below :)

"Make it pop" has to be the most cliché overused line in design history. I'm not sure who decided that this is the best way to request more emphasis on a given element, but somehow it made its way into the official handbook. 

Seriously can you think of a more ridiculous thing to say to a designer? I submit that there isn't one. What are these juices and why are they so... juicy? It's as if we are expect designers to begin secreting some strange, fruity liquid that upon application turns boring old Helvetica into something more exciting like Comic Sans. "Go Go Gadget Creative Juices!"

Designers love it when you tell them to be creative, seriously, do it every chance you get. While you're at it, the next time you get in a cab, tell the driver to feel free to just... drive.

Too many designers become so emotionally connected to their work that they simply can't handle criticism without feeling like they're undergoing a personal attack. As a result, clients have had to resort to "nicer" ways to tell us that our work sucks. "This is great, but let's take it to the next level" Translation: "I don't like it."

There's nothing better than a client trying to convince you to take a low or even nonexistent rate because the project will surely earn you some great exposure or provide an awesome portfolio piece. While you're at it, the next time you go into a restaurant, ask the chef to make you some free food in exchange for you telling all three of your close friends that it was delicious.

Once, again, I beg you to go and try this with any other product or service. Perhaps I'll walk into the Apple Store and ask for a free iPad with the guarantee that if I like it, I'll actually purchase some Apple products in the future. Somehow I don't think the folks at the Genius Bar will go for it.

Sorry McFly, I don't know what time warp you just stepped out of but turn down that Walkman and look around. NO ONE uses a fax machine anymore. In fact, if you're working with a freelance designer, there's a good chance that they don't even have a working phone line in their house.
Email is fast, instant and FREE. 

It's amazing how poorly this knowledge is disseminated in the general public, but designers aren't actually supposed to just rip off the work of others. It seems simple enough right? You only have to take the color scheme, layout, buttons and graphics from this website, we can put our own logo on it and it'll be different! 

This one is so popular that it has spurred countless Internet memes, from Make My Logo Bigger Cream to the Make the Logo Bigger Song. I'm not going to tell you that there is never a case when your logo needs to be bigger, because such instances do exist, just know that if you request it, your snarky designer is likely to send you back one of the links above.

"It's just a logo! You're a professional, I don't see why this should take you more that an hour." Some clients are convinced that logos just pop out of Adobe Illustrator if yo know the right keyboard shortcuts.
For some reason, non-designers often imagine that they are qualified to make accurate time estimates for how long a design project will take. Experienced designers long ago learned to ignore any late night client phone calls because they inevitably lead to a request for a quick fix to a website or brochure. Five hours and nine phone calls later as the sun is rising the "quick fix" is finally wrapped up in time to start a new day of work. 


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