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    will code HTML for food Michel V's Avatar
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    The client did it ...

    Reference:
    http://www.alistapart.com/stories/clientdidit/

    How many of you have had that kind of experience, with the client requesting a bad banal design instead of what you've worked on ?
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    Oh man. This is such a great article. Perhaps I should forward it to a couple of my clients... (in my dreams...)

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    Geez...so its a widespread problem. haha
    As with situation permits, I would advice the client on whether his design changes were appropriate etc.

    Often leading to documents being written. well...outcome..wise, most of the time, the client understood and left it as it was.
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    I have a client that enjoys making changes to the webpage using Frontpage then emailing me and telling me all about the wonderful web design he did.

    The only problem is that the next time I do a design I have to go in and clean up all his code. What a pain....

    But at least I bill him for it. ;-)


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    lol
    thats really comical.
    "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
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    Very funny I loved it.

    Any other sites with similar content?

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    Once upon a thread...

    There was this thread I saw a while ago on another forum that was called 'Stupid things clients say' or something similar - it was absolutely huge!

    Anyone remember that?

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    *offtopic warning*

    These aren't directly related to web design, but they do consist horror stories of customers and silly things. Very good sources to lighten up your day and bringing up the smile

    http://www.customerssuck.com/
    http://www.rinkworks.com/stupid/

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    I like it! Just read the other main topic of the week: http://www.alistapart.com/stories/cheaper/

    Again, too true, something i've been victim to before!
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    Re: Once upon a thread...

    Originally posted by z7
    There was this thread I saw a while ago on another forum that was called 'Stupid things clients say' or something similar - it was absolutely huge!

    Anyone remember that?
    I read it...it was terrible some of the things that people (both clients and designers) have done.

    I think it has since been taken down as the last time I looked at it, the page was around 300k.

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    We've all met clients like this. My most memorable one said something like "Hmmm, lacks a certain something, maybe you could use lime green somewhere...".

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    Hey - what's wrong with lime green???
    I thought lime-green + blue was very "in"???

    This is my old bosses favourite "Can we put a rainbow effect on that?"

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    Oh I have nothing against lime green

    But let's just say it would have been the visual equivalent of playing polka on the left channel and heavy metal on the right channel.

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    I got ya

    Like lime green and burgandy or something?

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    I've answered this question so many times... Good thing it wasn't a question but an article saying exactly what I say:

    1. The client gets what they want

    BUT

    2. As a designer you must provide the most objective, clear and concise advice possible

    STILL

    3. The client gets what they want

    EVEN

    4. If they have to go elsewhere

    I realise the above numbering scheme doesn't work well but so long as you realise that 1 & 3 are subjective as the client doesn't REALLY know what they want you will do well. By going through a thorough analysis stage with the client and detailing exactly what they want AND WHY as well as including demographic and purpose to product (why do you want this? Does it improve what you want? If not, drop it) proofing you can save yourself a lot of heartache later in the game (like happened in this article). Although, it WILL still happen!
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    Howdy!

    Great article, thanks for passing it on.

    I've always believed that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that means that a designer must produce to satisfy the majority who will accept your designs.


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    i was working on a site a couple years ago and it was similar to http://www.fordmodelseurope.com but with extra content (theoretically anyway). well, i was designing this site to be slick, yet simple. really, i quite like how it was turning out, even though it was my first real project. well, considering the site was supposed to cater to those with a fashion-oriented mind, i envisioned the site one way. well, the client fancied the idea of making it look like a furniture commercial. he specifically said to me, can you add flashing things here and there, like a brick (http://www.thebrick.com*) commercial?

    ug. only gave me $20, the cheap *******, i'm glad his site died. great learning experience, but i'm glad it's over


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