Client: I love your designs! They are so unique & look so professional. It’s so nice to see a real graphic designer that doesn’t just use clipart & camera filters. I need a logo for my business & whatever you come up with is just fine. And take your time with it…I don’t need it for another 3 months.
Me: Oh yeah… so whatever I design will be just f-i-n-e with you? That’s what you’re telling me?
Client: Yes, just make sure it’s red & black.
Me: Just red & black huh?
Client: Red & black that pops. Oh, and a fancy font. I don’t know anything about fonts so your decision is fine.
Me: So what’s the name of your business?
Client: Oh, I forgot to tell you that didn’t I?
I didn’t say this out loud, but I thought “this isn’t a real job.” I guess I’m not too far gone… yet.
The next day:
Client: Hope you haven’t started yet, I saw a design online I kind of want my logo to look like. Can you give me something similar?
Me: I thought you said you liked my past work & wanted me to make something special for you. I thought you wanted whatever…in red, black & fancy font.
Client: Well, it is my design. I know you can make it happen. Just be creative.
The next day:
Client: Can you add a little pink, I think that’ll really stand out.
Client: And be sure to make it POP!
Me: (to myself) There is NO WAY I’m starting on this yet.
The next day, again:
Client: Hope you haven’t gotten too far, I need to change a word in my business name.
The next day, again again:
Client: I need the logo by Friday.
Me: I thought you didn’t need it for 3 months?
Client: I can pay extra for you to put a rush on it.
Me: No, I think you need to find another designer to better fulfill your needs. I’m afraid I’m not it. Maybe you need a concept artist to help get your ideas out. Best Wishes.
Client: No you’re who I want. And the design is just evolving. Just add a little pink to whatever you have & send it over before Friday.