Client: So we’re going to need this number of t-shirts printed for the film festival. We’d like something that ties in with this year’s design and theme.
Me: Sure thing! I’ll take a look at your publicity and put together a couple of design ideas. Just a heads-up – I’m going to need a decision from you at least four weeks before the festival to give me time to have everything prepped and printed.
Client: Cool! Look forward to seeing your designs.
I spend about a week putting together a couple of design ideas that fit beautifully with their ornate, Art Nouveau-inspired themes and send them off to the client. Crickets chirp. Time marches on. It’s four weeks before the festival and I haven’t heard back, so…
Me: Hey folks, just wondering if I could get some feedback on the designs? I’m going to need to get started on the printing process pretty soon, so let me know!
More time passes, more crickets chirp. I politely prod them every couple of days for a decision, and eventually, two weeks prior to the festival:
Client: Hey, thanks for all your hard work! Maybe you could just draw a stick figure shouting our festival slogan?