“Can you make a special M, you know like the one in the McDonald’s sign.”
“What do you mean it’s copyrighted. How can someone Copyright the letter M?”
Client: “Oh wow, this looks GREAT! But seriously, we want to be original here.”
Me: “Oh, I’m sorry. When we discussed the design together, you had sounded like this was what you wanted; is there something that you would like changed?”
Client: “No, no. The idea is fine, it’s just that it’s pretty obvious to me that you traced that.”
Me: “…No, I didn’t. This is an original illustration made specifically for your company.”
Client: “Come on, even I can’t draw that well! I know it’s a tracing!”
Client: We love your WordPress theme designs. How much would it cost to have you do themes for us? We would be giving you pretty regular work, maybe as many as a couple a week.
Me: Well, my usual fee for a commercial site would be $1500 to $2000 but if you’re going to be bringing in consistent regular work maybe we can work out some sort of deal.
Client: Oh, we were thinking something more like $50 per theme.
Me: That’s too low. I wouldn’t be able to do that.
Client: That’s what we were paying our previous designer.
Me: Maybe you should stick with him.
Client: He was a student. He did a terrible job, never finished anything on time and disappeared on us.