After getting out of the movies, I looked at my phone to find 10 texts from a friend explaining how, exactly, she wants me to design her son’s second birthday invites.
I had never discussed this with her, she didn’t ask, and she simply assumed I was doing it.
Client: Toy Story themed…. Paste his face on Woody’s head… Maybe Buzz Light Year to the side, I dunno you can design however you want… Toy Story fonts, Toy Story backgrounds, etc.
After the texts stopped coming in, I texted her back:
Me: We need to talk.
To which she responded:
Client: …but I don’t want it super themey.
Client: The art looks really distorted in our email newsletter.
Me: That’s weird. I made it exactly to the specs. Do I have the correct specs?
Me: Did you do anything to the image?
Client: All I did was stretch it!
"If I print this email, will you scan it and email it for me?"
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Client: How long will it take to produce this case study video?
Me: Four weeks from script and storyboard sign-off.
Client: We only have two weeks to get it done. We can give you an extra two days on top of the two weeks, will that help?
Me: It will help, yes. But only if we get the script and storyboard signed off today and get into studio tomorrow.
Client: Oh, we won’t be able to get all the stakeholders in one room to sign off on script and storyboard until the next managers’ meeting.
Me: When’s that meeting?
Client: In two weeks.
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A client and I were discussing which photos to upload to his website.
Client: I’ll get all the photos to you ASAP so you can edit them as agreed.
Me: Sounds great.
After five hours, I still hadn’t received any photos, so I rang the client.
Me: Hi - have you got those photos?
Client: Sure - I sent them today.
Me: That’s strange, I haven’t received anything.
Client: Come on, the post service doesn’t work that fast; I’d think someone like you would know that
The client had posted me a 2GB USB stick containing the photos
Client: Why would you assume I wanted the columns to be vertical?
Me: I - I’m sorry, how did you want them?
Client: Obviously, I wanted horizontal columns.
Me: Like rows?
Client: Exactly like rows!
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