(Comic) How A Web Design Goes Straight To Hell

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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    LOL and this illuminates something in the sales process that I include for my copywriting clients:

    Making sure the number of revision "rounds" is limited. Usually to three. That way they cannot include their high school guidance counselor, favorite pet or extinct dinosaur into the conversation.

    YOU are the design expert. Being Tough with your client doesn't mean you have to be a jerk, but you do have to stand up and place limitations on their actions before you begin. After all, they hired you.

    After you hand it over to them, it's theirs and they can make a mess of it if they want to. But keep a copy of your original around in case they start telling others what a lousy job you did.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Miller
      Excellent!

      Now when people ask me why I won't offer web design in any way shape or form, I can direct them to this thread!

      Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author spaniard26
        Originally Posted by David Miller View Post

        Excellent!

        Now when people ask me why I won't offer web design in any way shape or form, I can direct them to this thread!

        Thanks!
        Hi there Mr Miller,

        Which kind of services do you offer? I was thinking about offering website design but I've changed my mind after a picky client LOL.

        Regards
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    • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
      Originally Posted by kaniganj View Post

      LOL and this illuminates something in the sales process that I include for my copywriting clients:

      Making sure the number of revision "rounds" is limited. Usually to three. That way they cannot include their high school guidance counselor, favorite pet or extinct dinosaur into the conversation.

      YOU are the design expert. Being Tough with your client doesn't mean you have to be a jerk, but you do have to stand up and place limitations on their actions before you begin. After all, they hired you.

      After you hand it over to them, it's theirs and they can make a mess of it if they want to. But keep a copy of your original around in case they start telling others what a lousy job you did.
      This. As a designer I get this a lot. I give my clients 3 rounds of revisions max unless they pay for more. And the terms of those revisions are limited. If they ask for major changes my favorite line is "Okay, we can do that, but that is outside the scope of what we agreed upon in your original contract, so I will have to bill you at $50 an hour, and I'll need an additional $X to get started on these additional changes, cool?" They usually backdown from the additional costs. Every now and then you'll get a ringer who will let the meter run.
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  • Profile picture of the author EdKirby
    That's too funny!! And true. Ran into enough of that while doing software development.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aussieguy
    Love it!

    David - what do you offer? I (think) I wrongly thought you were doing websites......
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  • Profile picture of the author Kunle Olomofe
    ROTFLMAO!!! This has got to be the best illustration of what we do for a living and when it all goes crazy... Funny I was just thinking about how many clients I've had to fire for crap like this, just this morning, and for a moment I felt bad, just for a moment, after that I felt on top of the world, and then I saw this cartoon and it simply made my day. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author electronik69
    I love the dog part cracked me up - this is why I outsource I would go insane if I had to do what my employees have to do, but I should limit the amount of revisions.
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  • Profile picture of the author nextgeneration
    LOL that was great! Bookmarked this page for future laughs
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  • Profile picture of the author HostWind
    I LOVED this! Much appreciated Jason. Cant imagine what it would be like to do this all day.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeacefulCalamity
    LOL. "1-888-TOAST-UR-BUTT"
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    • Profile picture of the author mike_lucas
      ok, that made me laugh. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Grossman
    LOL - thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Irish Intuition
      I had this type of thing happen a few times with direct mail pieces. The
      alternatives they came up with was mind-numbing.

      One told me he 'didn't feel comfy' with my letter. I guess he knew best
      as he would send flyers and get zero response. I damn near had to
      part the sea and turn water to wine for him to begrudgingly agree.

      Two months later he had $98,000 in sales... he now calls me Jesus
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      • Profile picture of the author polishstorm
        Originally Posted by Paul McQuillan View Post

        I had this type of thing happen a few times with direct mail pieces. The
        alternatives they came up with was mind-numbing.

        One told me he 'didn't feel comfy' with my letter. I guess he knew best
        as he would send flyers and get zero response. I damn near had to
        part the sea and turn water to wine for him to begrudgingly agree.

        Two months later he had $98,000 in sales... he now calls me Jesus
        Hi Paul,

        Can you PM me your email address. I would like to get some ideas for a direct mail piece.

        Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author farkry
    This is awesome, My very first web design client was just like this. I have a printed copy of this as a poster .... I need to get it framed and put on the wall.
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  • Profile picture of the author bydomino
    I have this poster. I have always liked it!

    I also like the one about "Why it is better you do not know anything about computers." I look at it every time some one asks me for computer help.

    Here is the link: Why It's Better To Pretend You Don't Know Anything About Computers - The Oatmeal

    Enjoy,

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  • Profile picture of the author stone2010
    LMAO that is so true
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  • Profile picture of the author Gaurav Duggal
    After one of our first clients pretty much took us through this exact process (down to asking his relatives for input and always asking us to make the design "pop" more), we changed our entire process and hung this poster on the office wall!
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  • Profile picture of the author JakeSmithOZ
    thats a pretty good presentation and i LOL on it....usually thats how client and designer turn our sometimes, sadly but true
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketMyko
    Ngyaha! Clients from hell.
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  • Profile picture of the author rwhunni
    WOW! Very funny. I go through the same thing when clients are getting websites or logo designs from me.
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  • Profile picture of the author SKM
    Hahaaha, I love the "Oatmeal" comics!
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Shelton
    This is a real classic! And like all true humor, it is based upon pain.
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