I’m a graphic designer who works full time NOT doing design, doing design work on the side through sites like 99designs. I only participate in blind, guaranteed contests. This one potential client didn’t seem to know what “blind” meant, or what they even wanted.
I submitted my first concept.
Client: It’s too busy. Could you make it more like #1 and #6?
Since I COULDN’T SEE other submissions, I just reworked some of it and submitted a second concept. They rated it 2/5 (with no comments) and then declined my design.
I’d like to point out that their brief said they wanted “a man on a house like he had conquered it” and also referenced some very busy logos and basically said, “this exact thing but with the words changed to these.”
The design they chose as the winner looked identical to mine… Except it had mountains and didn’t have a man on a house like they had asked for.