At the time of this request, I was working at a large-format printing shop. I was the pre-press / file-prep person and also did the physical printing. The job didn’t include design at all, which is what I was looking for, but a job’s a job especially during 2020.
One of my co-workers had a friend that was reaching out to her network for free design work for her dog rescue company in L.A. (we are in Wisconsin). Because I was so bored and desperate to actually design something, I said yes. What the hell, I LOVE DOGS!
I spoke with the client and we agreed I could do it for her for free, as long as the company at least gave me a shout-out as the designer on social platforms. I thought, if anything, it would “give me exposure”, right?
Well, I created their logo in record time and they were VERY pleased.
Client: This is so much more than we could have hoped for, thank you! We’re about to launch our website – we’ll give you a raving testimonial on there.
The website went up, and… nothing. No word promoting my work, or giving me credit. Then, one day, I was perusing Instagram stories and I saw my logo creation printed on a water bottle. How cool to see! The description credited the people who printed the water bottle label… and not me.
Oh well. At least I helped those rescued dogs get prettier bandanas around their necks.