I work as a designer for a firm that acts as a go-between the client and this particular vendor: we come up with a design concept with the client and the vendor interprets it for us with a lot of back-and-forth saying “More this” and “Less that.” This particular vendor is very, very good at interpreting our designs. The client… not so good with the committing to a design. We’ve been working on this particular design with them for about a year and are no where close to production because every conversation is “Why didn’t you do the opposite of what we told you to do?”. Today we had a call to discuss the timeline and how we could wrap this up:
Client: I feel it would be beneficial to have everyone up here for a collaborative session next week.
Me: (groaning inside but foolishly optimistic that maybe something could come from it) Okay, being there in person would definitely keep things from getting lost in translation since this has been such a tumultuous process.
Client: Yes, we feel if the vendor’s designer can sit and work on the design while we watch and correct them we’ll be able to wrap this up quickly.
I’ll be on vacation next week so I’m not going to be representing our firm, but that poor soul…