A client asked me to design a decal for the hood of her car advertising her services.
The weird thing? On her website, she described herself as a designer. Oh well, I thought, everyone needs help sometimes. But she immediately gave me cause to suspect that she wasn’t really a designer.
First she sent a bitmap image with an eps file extension and couldn’t understand why it looked so pixelated. She asked me to “clean it up.” For another, she requested that the color be “emoji yellow.”
I did my best and sent her a vector PDF via email.
Client: It’s all pixelated.
Me: I’m not sure why it is coming across that way. Something must have translated weird in the emailing process. Let me take a look.
Me: Did you open the PDF proof in the Acrobat to view it or did you view through the email only? I emailed it to myself and that’s what I’m seeing in the email app but when I open the emailed PDF attachment in Acrobat, it’s perfect.
Client: I opened the email.
Me: Okay, when you get a chance open the PDF in the Acrobat and let me know what you got.
Client: I can’t do that. Can you send a JPG or PNG?
Again: a “designer” who can’t open a PDF.
I sent both a JPG or PNG and didn’t hear back from her… but I saw her car driving around with my design on it. I checked her website, and she claimed that she designed the decal herself.