My friend brought work to me from clients who requested design services. I never actually met or spoke to this client; my friend was the middle-man.
To make a long story short, the client had a gym and he wanted a logo and some illustrations for a children’s martial arts class. The client gave clear direction and the concepts were straight forward – he even provided his own version as reference.
The client decided to go with my work instead of the work he provided as reference. I was paid in full and I quickly forgot about the job.
Months later, my partner and I brought our son to his playgroup at the local community centre. We talked to other parents while our son played with the other kids. There were a pair of parents there for the first time, so we introduced ourselves and chatted them up. The dad and I got along great; we ended up talking about what we did for a living, and naturally, this guy brings up the gym he runs. At that point he hands me his card.
It had the logo I had made month’s earlier, and the back featured both of my illustrations. I remarked that the design work was quite well done. He responded:
Client: Thanks mate! I designed the logos and cartoons myself – start to finish!