Years ago, I volunteered my time for a non-profit so I could practice my design skills. At that time, the team wanted me to design a layout for a print newsletter.
I naively thought it would be fun.
The team that worked for the non-profit sent me various of revised versions of their articles, which kept messing up the layout of the newsletter. As well, the articles by various staff members were not edited or very professionally written for a newsletter. I wound up having to edit EVERYTHING.
They also had many random requests for the design, which I kept trying to keep somewhat simple despite the confusing communication. I tried to preserve the flow of the design – with some cohesive images, a thoughtful color scheme, and some readable text layout. I was expected to incorporate contradictory requests on a daily basis.
Many headaches later, the newsletter was finally complete. I wasn’t that happy with the final product.
They mailed me a copy of it.
They printed it on the cheapest paper one could imagine, and folded it the wrong way so the middle text became unreadable.