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Dear CFH readers, It’s been a long ride since our first post back in 2009. We admit we’re not getting the audience we used to, but we’re grateful you’ve been with us this far and we’re not done yet! We’re moving to NotAlwaysRight.com so that we’ll be able to continue sharing new and classic stories for more years to come. While CFH won’t look the same anymore, we hope you’ll give our new home a chance. See you there! -ClientsFromHell The post appeared first on Clients From Hell.

Dear CFH readers, It’s been a long ride since our first post back in 2009. We admit we’re not getting the audience we used to, but we’re grateful you’ve been with us this far and we’re not done yet! We’re moving to NotAlwaysRight.com so that we’ll be able to continue sharing new and classic stories for more years to come. While CFH won’t look the same...

It’s Like Listening To A Wall

Client: “You’re doing your work wrong.” Me: “What did I do wrong, sir?” Client: “You’re not listening to me, this is just wrong.” Me: “Can you please tell me what I did wrong?” Client: “You’re still not listening… this is like talking to a wall.” Another perfectly detailed instruction, from the Clients From Hell archives. The post It’s Like...

Logo No Go

I work as a graphic designer at a sign shop that makes, well, signs. We also do some car decals and wraps from time to time, but mainly it’s large format signs, banners, channel letters, and so on. This time it’s a client for some truck decals. They come in and we take measurements and photos of the existing graphics. They want the same exact decals...

Take All The Time You Need, Even From The Past!

Client: “So you got everything you need? Take all the time you want. We really believe we understand the mind of the creative individual. We know it takes time to create a powerful ad.” Me: “Yeah. It does. Thanks.” Client: “But it’s urgent. Just imagine that it should have been done as of yesterday.” Me: “But no deadline?” Client: “Right. Well,...

About To Say Some Colorful Language

My team is having a really hard time color correcting a textile product in some photos that were taken by a novice in a natural setting, with the sun coming in and out behind the clouds on the day of the shoot. Obviously, the product is not going to look the same in every photo because how could it be under that many variables? The person approving...

The Game’s Afoot, Because There Are No Hands

While designing a Sherlock Holmes poster for a children’s theater group.  Client: “You know how you have both Watson and Holmes? Just take out Watson and make Holmes bigger. Also, take out Sherlock’s hands.” Me: “But then the notebook he’s holding will be floating…” Client: “I can’t overstate how okay I am with a floating notebook.” When design...

The Old Familiar Game: Stupid Or Scammer?

Client: We’re a startup game company, and we need one character with thirty different eyes, thirty different mouths, thirty different hairstyles, and thirty different bodies for our game where the character can be customized.  Me: Okay, that’s technically thirty characters with each element drawn separately and/or in separate layers. I then give my...

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BYOE (Bring Your Own Exposure)

Some years ago, I was a freelance writer with particular academic expertise. My work was becoming more well-known and widespread, so my profile was rising somewhat. As a result, I was emailed out of the blue by an old acquaintance whom I’d worked with previously on a media project. He works in the media himself. And it showed. Client: Hi, mate. Long...

Find A Way To Drop This Client And Do It Now

I need to get a hold of a client’s IT department to check on some compatibility issues: Client: “IT… IT… I don’t know who’s in IT. We have a bunch’a Indians running around here sometimes, I’ll grab you one of those. Just let me look in the directory here and find an Indian-sounding name… Raji. That sounds good. I’ll send you over to Raji. I know he’s...

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