I’m a CAD-Drafter freelancing for a construction company. The client is a big company modernizing their headquarters. After a month of work, I send the client my blueprints for approval.
Client: Everything looks fine. Can you change these colors, though?
Me: Sorry, no, those are standardized colors defined by a DIN standard. From what I can see you want to use colors that are reserved for totally different technologies.
Client: It’s really important that you use the colors specified in the previous mail. Those are our company colors and we take our branding very seriously!
Me: I don’t see the importance of branding as these plans are only used for construction and maybe repairs by skilled workers. Besides if something was to happen due to somebody reading the blueprints wrong I’m liable.
They still keep insisting on the changed colors so I decide to contact the construction company. My contact tells me that they’ve had similar problems and that he’ll just send them a ludicrous quotation – citing my extensively increased workload (essentially 20 clicks) and the short deadline – to knock the idea out of their head. The next morning he calls me back.
Contact: So I’ve got good and bad news. The good news is that that’s probably the quickest you’ll ever make 8000€…
Fortunately, the building hasn’t burned down yet. Point taken: Never underestimate the love of management for their branding.