I worked with a client for longer than I should have. These are every I Should Bail!” moment from every step that I stupidly ignored because I was trying to help a friend. It was cathartic to document the torture:
I received a freelance job through a friend for a logo design, brochure, and business card for a boutique wealth management startup company targeting only high-income clients. On the first meeting, the owner said everyone in his business uses images like luxury yachts. and he wanted something different that stood out and was simple and sophisticated.
I submitted some logo designs. They didn’t even respond to the design and just sent me a logo they hacked together form Google Image Search results. Of course, the images were of luxury yachts.
I Should Bail! Moment #1
Me: Where did the image come from? Make sure it isn’t copyrighted.
Client: It isn’t copyrighted. They came from the internet.
Me: Honestly an original design is always safer. I will be working on the brochure next. The design process takes time so if he could give me until next week I would appreciate it. The result will be better in the long run.
Client: Well we made it from things we found on the internet, so we should be fine.
I Should Bail! Moment #2
Me: Do you want me to work on the business card design next?
Client: No, he wants to play with the design himself…
I Should Bail! Moment #3