Bitching about clients...

I ask a client for direction on what what she wants for a logo. A week later (today) I get this:


"I realized I never sent you any direction. I kind of don't want to maybe? I have something vaguely in my brain, but I kind of would like to see what you would just do with it ... If that's ok. And then when I hate your idea, I'll tell you mine :) haha, but no. I just think you know what you're doing and I don't want to infect your creativity with my ramble."


Blurgh. I get this kind of thing all the time. I know their hearts are often in the right place, but I'm not coming at your logo design as some kind of passionate art project. I want to make what you want and make it fast so you can pay me money.


JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT!

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TheInfamousBaka
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That means do something, anything, so that they have a starting place and then they'll use that to tell you all of the things they don't want. This reminds me that I hate doing things for other people.

lxromero
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"we need this entire sequence storyboarded by tomorrow but we're rewriting several scenes. We will send those to you tonight"

[+duracell-]

draw a brain logo with a piece of glass sticking out of it

FoodStampDavis
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I'm fine with having some autonomy in a project, I mean that's what I'm hired to do. However, I HATE when it's zero direction - especially when I explicitly ask for it.

If I were a chef, for example, and you wanted my "creative spin" on something, you wouldn't just say "Make me a food!"

"Okay, what sort of food do you like? Are you vegetarian? Looking for something hearty or a light snack? Any allergies? What do you hate?"

"Oh, I'd rather not say. I don't want to impede your creativity."

"Look, lady, do you want a cheeseburger or spaghetti or what? I'll make it good, but I gotta start from something, goddammit."

merkinspurlock
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And then when I hate your idea, I'll tell you mine :) haha, but no.

Except, yes. That is exactly what is going to happen because you have set it up that way. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY THIS COULD GO.

[+duracell-]

Draw Matthew Lesko as one of your presidents. Then use the company name for the name.

Akaka
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TheInfamousBaka said:

That means do something, anything, so that they have a starting place and then they'll use that to tell you all of the things they don't want. This reminds me that I hate doing things for other people.

Yes, yes, yes. Blargh.

FoodStampDavis
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I replied "If it's all the same to you, I'd rather know what you have in mind now and I can build off of that. Then I can get some samples together and we can go from there."

I got some direction:

"I feel like you know what kind of environment I'm going for: Downtowny, but upscale, professional. Education/creativity focused."

Fart. Maybe I'm just bad at this.

CHUMP, WHAT COLORS DO YOU LIKE?!

FoodStampDavis
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redhandedjillian said:

And then when I hate your idea, I'll tell you mine :) haha, but no.

Except, yes. That is exactly what is going to happen because you have set it up that way. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY THIS COULD GO.

Exactly.

[+duracell-]

downtowny is not even a word, lady

merkinspurlock
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[+duracell-] said:

downtowny is not even a word, lady

People come up with the weirdest shit when they're trying to describe what they think they want.

[+duracell-]

Relax, here's some Calculus (trademark)

Morkki
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Hello,

My name is John Linda Client. My business operates in groceries and/or waste management. I will not tell you what exactly because I feel we have a connection. Like hot cousins. I want you to make me a logo that speaks to the youth of today but in a vaguely Russian accent. Make it lemony but semi-colonial.

[+duracell-]

^lol

  • patiently waits for BeanePod rendition *
FoodStampDavis
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Morkki said:

Hello,

My name is John Linda Client. My business operates in groceries and/or waste management. I will not tell you what exactly because I feel we have a connection. Like hot cousins. I want you to make me a logo that speaks to the youth of today but in a vaguely Russian accent. Make it lemony but semi-colonial.

hahahaha, Print it. Frame it.

goliath72
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Yes!

BeanePod said:

Nothing like spending hours on a project, creating mock-ups, getting items sampled only to hear "oh...i was thinking this...."

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