A client hired me as a UX specialist for a company project. A meeting was set up for me and the graphic designer to work together, but the client who hired me also attended. I couldn’t really discuss any of the design with his graphic designer as every time we started explaining our side to each other, the client would interject:
Client: I think what they’re ACTUALLY saying is [X].
At one point, he said we were both “A” personalities and shook his head knowingly.
Worse still, after that he wouldn’t let me speak directly with the designer, insisting on relaying any tweaks I was asking for himself because I’m “a lot to handle.” Flash forward – the client (who has NO background in design, graphic or interface – he’s a chemist) basically puts together the website with the in-house designer WITHOUT my input. No UX, no UI, not even a proper call to action button.
Looking back, I realize he sabotaged the project so that he could show his worth managing the project, proceeding to elect himself the official Project Leader from that point forward.