Me: I’ve attached four different options for the cover page. Please let me know which one you prefer so I can purchase the relevant stock image. I’ve provided the cost of each image below for your convenience. Thanks.
One week later.
Client: Yes, I like the images.
So last week I tried using a language analogy for a client’s project. The project manager said the project was straight HTML/CSS when in fact it was C++.
To help him understand the problem I used this analogy: “Let’s say you’re asking me to write something in a specific language, I am fluent in English and Spanish. Meanwhile, your project is in Chinese. Since I don’t know Chinese and it is not remotely similar to any of the languages I know, I am not your best option for this project. You need someone who is fluent in this specific language for the project to be successful and stay on budget.”
He said he understood and thanked me for my time.
This morning I received an IM from another developer asking: “Why is ‘so and so’ asking us if we are fluent in Chinese?”
My friend brought work to me from clients who requested design services. I never actually met or spoke to this client; my friend was the middle-man.
To make a long story short, the client had a gym and he wanted a logo and some illustrations for a children’s martial arts class. The client gave clear direction and the concepts were straight forward - he even provided his own version as reference.
The client decided to go with my work instead of the work he provided as reference. I was paid in full and I quickly forgot about the job.
Months later, my partner and I brought our son to his playgroup at the local community centre. We talked to other parents while our son played with the other kids. There were a pair of parents there for the first time, so we introduced ourselves and chatted them up. The dad and I got along great; we ended up talking about what we did for a living, and naturally, this guy brings up the gym he runs. At that point he hands me his card.
It had the logo I had made month’s earlier, and the back featured both of my illustrations. I remarked that the design work was quite well done. He responded:
Client: Thanks mate! I designed the logos and cartoons myself - start to finish!
Client: I threw out that black pen, it was out of ink.
Me: What black pen?
Client: The one that was lying on your tablet.
Me: You threw out my $150 Wacom pen?
Client: I tried writing with it and it didn’t work. It must’ve been out of ink.
After working for months on a client’s website, we finally got it to (their vision of) perfect, nailing all the brief points e.g. modern, interactive, etc.
A day later…
Client: We need to fix the website.
Me: Did something happen?
Client: It’s not centred when I print it.