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    SewSpunky
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    Melinda_B, post: 35536 wrote:
    And another in the same vein… Imagine you’re the designer and this is a client…. http://www.socialbootstrap.com/how-not-to-ask-for-help/

    Very Monty Python :D

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    I can now say I’ve been on both sides HOWEVER

    as a former web designer back in the good ol’ days when it was JUST html …. I learnt to try to be very specific not emotional with what I wanted :-)

    So I guess I’m a dream client but at the same time I like to try to save money by learning how to do things myself so I don’t have to bother the web designer too much ;-)

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    Dave@Perfectnotes
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    Indeed. :D

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    MatthewKeath
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    Great! Loved it :)

    Thanks for giving me a good belly laugh at only 10.30 in the morning!

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    I love it! Could not be more true.

    I’m shooting this to our design team – I bet they say that’s what I do :(

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    I came across this a few months ago… It’s good to know I’m not the only one who experiences this problem! SO TRUE!

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    Yep, spot on. As a PC tech, I usually get .. “my son says it’s the ..” or “It can’t be that hard, coz my boyfriend fixed it the other night” and so on…

    I’ve replaced many many file servers in my life, upgraded server OS’s and migrated from OS to OS. This usually takes alot of brain busting, time management and working out of normal business hours. But the most trouble you always get is when Betty in HR screams out “my shortcut to the Footy Tips isn’t working”

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    Awesome post!!! I have this problem like 50% of the time all the time. It happened from when I first started to now, and I am glad that it is not only me experiencing it.

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    Great post, its exactly the same for graphic designers. Thats why i’m fussy about who I work for, as soon as I get a hint of this mentality i’m outta there.

    One of the draw backs of having a job which has no wrong or right, just personal opinion. But I don’t tell my plumber how to fix my pipes, don’t know why people think its ok to tell me how to do my job.

    Rant over :)

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    Don’t you think, Craig, that there is more to designs and layouts than personal opinion and taste?
    What about he advantages of proper typography, the right media, colours, sizes or a certain order of content in a brochure (or website)?

    I agree that it can be tough to explain that to clients sometimes.
    But the better the feeling when they follow you in the end :)

    I also agree that you meet potential clients with that kind of mentality, who think they know it better. It’s necessary to consider if the effort is worth it, that’s right. But in 7 years I have only lost 3 clients that way. Most of the time, if they are serious about their bsuiness, they listen.

    Cheers
    A.

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    Craig_H
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    Astrid, post: 36913 wrote:
    Don’t you think, Craig, that there is more to designs and layouts than personal opinion and taste?
    What about he advantages of proper typography, the right media, colours, sizes or a certain order of content in a brochure (or website)?
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    Yes I definately do think that, it’s my job, but I was talking from a clients point of view. There is a right and wrong when it comes to design but that can be hard to get across to clients as it is not a mechanical thing you can show them working. But a good designer will listen to what the client wants and then come up with the best possible response.

    I have found with experience that its usually the smaller businesses that create the most problems. Because they are so used to doing everything themselves they sometimes have problems letting other people do what they are good at. I just tell them they are great at what they do, focus on that, and let me do what I am good at. It has worked so far, and I specialise in small business.

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    Astrid
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    You’re absolutely right. Nothing to add.

    Cheers,
    Astrid

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    Stuart B
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    Haha this is fantastic. I have definitely experienced this!

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