Client: I need to make a layout for this guide and I want it to look like these samples.
Me: Okay then, give me a couple of days and I can submit some proof of concept designs that you can approve.
Me: Here’s the template design, ignore the text since they’re there for a placeholder.
Client: Those look pretty good, but actually I’m just finishing the design we’ll be using.
Me: Oh! Really? I didn’t know you knew how. When will you be able to send it?
Within an hour, I received a PowerPoint file. That COULD be fine, but… the layout was 90% just blank slides with text boxes and placeholder squares with “put picture here,” placed in random spots with no visual coherence whatsoever. The text wasn’t justified, the header logo was badly placed and there were no other graphical elements at all.
Client: That’s the design! Just slap some photos in that and we’re done!
Me: (*blinking*) ….