A few weeks ago, a new client and I were talking by phone. I asked him about the look of the website we were building. His answer was, “ Yes, that's important…whatever we do, I don’t want it to look like a website, if you know what I mean.” @#%^^*
I heard of a case where a client requested the designer use more fonts.
The designer asked how many, and the client replied, “How many do you have?”
Another one… Client: “I absolutely love what you did, and I have a few changes that will just improve what your work even more…” (turned out to be almost 30 changes)…
A classic: "We want the background to be black, but could you not make it so dark?"
Client: “I have a copy of FrontPage for Dummies….will that help you?”
Found online: Client: “…."Don't use too much red, our tests show that red downloads slower."
From a nice, but annoying client: “My wife designs drapes, so she’s my eyes when it comes to websites.”
And my favorite: Client: “Why is my site not printing out in color like it is on the screen?”….. (because you only have a black and white printer?”)
And so it goes…
UPDATE - More Strange Things:
Had a client who actually thought an anti-virus
product came as a SPRAY.
when fellow (new to pc's) emailed me and ended by saying,
"by the way, what does BTW, stand for?", I see it all the time."
Client: "Every time I look at our new website, I feel its too small...or is that just my screen?"
Many clients say this: "We ARE ranked in the search engines, I'm telling you...
We are #1..just put our name into Google- it's that way everyday."
Just recently a client asked: "When I'm online on our website, do you know it, is there a way you can see me?"
Client's spouse: "what is this? it's asking for my user name and passport?"
(this just killed me): client: "Why does our website look like a narrow band across the screen?". ...was in his office a week later. He had something like 4 different toolbars all stacked on top of each other, from each new widget he d/l for free and allowed to install automatically...
...so there really was only a small screen space left!