Hello Fellow Web Folk,
This has been a rough week for me as a designer, so I thought it would be therapeutic to put together my top 15 ways to offend a web designer--all sadly inspired by actual events.
Do you have any to add?
THE TOP 15 WAYS TO OFFEND A WEB DESIGNER:
1.) Expect your design for free, because you know professional web designers aren’t really professionals.
2.) Convince a designer to create a site for you at one fourth the going rate, then talk about the “gasp factor” of the expense anyway.
3.) Request a service that requires your designer to hire an outside specialist. Then, after the work is completed, change your mind and demand your designer fire the specialist, and cover the expense themselves.
4.) Request a web header design, receive your mock up, and promise to pay for the work. Then change your mind the next day and tell your designer you won’t need their services. Explain that you also won’t be paying for their time, but you will link to their web site.
5.) Provide text content for your site that is riddled with typos, spelling errors, grammatical problems, and embarrassing faux pas. Then get angry at your designer when they suggest changes that would protect your image.
6.) Tell your designer that web design is the same as word processing and therefore all design rates are grossly overpriced.
7.) Insist that you are fully capable of maintaining your own web site. Then, once you’ve taken control of the site, destroy it, and accuse your web designer of causing the errors.
8.) Find a designer who believes in you, gives you thousands of dollars in discounts, and serves you well for years. Then dump them the moment you find an intern who will manage your web site for free. Loyalty is so 15th century.
9.) Tell your web designer about a problem with your site. While the designer throws themselves into fixing the problem, tell other designers and people in the industry about the problem, because giving your designer time to solve the issue before destroying their reputation is not your responsibility.
10.) Fail to deliver your content to your designer by deadline, thereby pushing back the design company’s entire design calendar. Then convey your shock and disgust when you are told your site launch will be delayed.
11.) Midway into the design process, tell your designer that your site must! be! launched! two weeks early to coordinate with a product release. After your designer works twenty four hours a day, seven days a week to accommodate your request, tell them you forgot to mention that the product release was delayed.
12.) Get a top designer to create an initial site mock up for you, then steal the design, and go find a college kid to port the design into a web site for you.
13.) Provide very specific instructions about the design you want, then, once the design is complete and the designer calls to see what you think, put them on speaker phone so they can hear your entire staff making fun of their work.
14.) Insist on a firm quote before work begins, then demand eight different mock up designs, each requiring twenty hours of work, before you settle on a design you like. That way, your designer will make just enough money to pay the postage costs on the contract they mailed you.
15.) Provide your designer with a copyright image from a greeting card for your web header. Then get angry when the designer says they cannot legally use the image. After all, you paid for the card, so you know you can use that image any way you want.