Client: Make it pop.
Me: Really? I'm using contrasting colors and sharp lines. I'd say it already "pops."
Client: I want it to pop like a balloon. This pops like a zit.
I recently agreed to do a logo for a new chocolate and soap company started by someone I knew. She gave me zero information on what she wanted. I designed 2 modern concepts that I thought fit her business.
Client: This is okay, but it needs to pop. Make it pop.
And no, she couldn't be more specific. It came out that her 12 year old grandchildren didn't like the designs.
Eventually after days she sent me a design she found on Google and wanted that. I sent her something similar that wouldn't fall under copyright.
Client: No. Just use what I sent you.
We were designing a COVID-related flyer for a client. In the background, there was a picture of a lady that was getting a temperature test.
Client: We like the background, but we don't like the image.
To be clear: the image WAS the background.
Client: I need a private website.
Me: What do you mean by private website? Do you mean something like portfolio site?
Client: Not a personal website, I need just a private website.
Me: What do you mean? You mean a site which can only be accessed by you or a limited audience?
Client: No, website can be viewed by anyone. But it should be private.
Spotted on a job posting website:
Client: We have to come up with things that are going on in the outside world and write them down and send them of to me. I will tell you my email once you get the job. We make newspaper articles
I know it's just that English isn't their first language, but does anyone else feel like this is vaguely sinister?