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Being in a graphic designer’s career, you meet few clients who make you say…Are you kidding me? But be advised, you will have to tackle various types of clients in your profession. Although client handling is part and parcel of the graphic design field, but in some cases, you simply have no answer for clients who come up with ridiculous notions and statements.

Some graphic designers would blow their top after hearing the following client statements, but I find them simply hilarious: D These laughable statements really make my day and I’m sure you will also enjoy reading them. So here are 6 good laughs which graphic designers get to hear from their clients:

 

1. “Will you work for free? Pleeeeeeeease!”

A few months back, there came this young lady who was quite persistent on getting a logo for free. I simply chuckled over her silly request but she still insisted saying “Pretty please?” That one really made me roll on the floor laughing. Working pro-bono is something else, but if graphic designers started accepting requests for free logos, then we might as well set-up a charity organization.
 

2. “Can you make me a quick logo within 15 minutes?”

I’m sure most graphic designers have heard this funny request from their clients. Just a couple of months back, this guy came to me and ordered for a logo design. While leaving, he said, “Hey I’m heading to the grocery store, will you be done with my logo till then?” For a moment I thought he was fooling around, but when he gave me a serious gaze, I couldn’t help but burst into laughter. I had to literally explain him the difference between getting a logo design and ordering a pizza.
 

3. “Let’s decide the fonts over the phone!”

Decisions on what elements to use in the graphic design project are extremely crucial. It is essential for graphic designers to make the final selection of fonts, symbols and design with the clients. But how do you expect to decide the fonts over the phone? I recently called a client of mine and asked him to come over and decide the fonts for his letterhead design. To which he replied, “Ok let’s decide it over the phone.”  Now how do you explain a Sans Serif or Helvetica over the phone?
 

4. "I can’t find my kitty. Can you make a missing poster?”

Although it does sound cute, I couldn’t help but laugh when my client’s little girl approached me and said “You are a graphic designer right? I can’t find my kitty; can you make me a ‘missing’ poster?” Even though I did help the poor kid in her quest to find her kitten, I wonder if I should apply in the police department to make ‘WANTED’ posters of criminals.
 

5. "Can you sketch my bridal gown?"

There is a common misconception of people confusing graphic designers for fashion designers or sketch artists. They think that since we can sketch a logo design, we can sketch anything in the world. The other day, a potential client rang me up and asked me if I could sketch her bridal gown according to her specifications. I tried my best to stop my laughter and simply directed her to Macy’s.
 

6. "The moment I saw you, I knew you’re a talented designer"

Another fascinatingly funny thing happens when some clients come up to me and say “The moment I laid my eyes on you, I could tell that you’re a talented designer.”I wonder what made him say that. Was it the torn jeans that I was wearing? Or was it because of my peculiar hairstyle? If looks and appearance made a successful graphic designer, then I guess Hollywood is filled with talented graphic designers.
 
I hope you had a good laugh reading these funny client statements. If you ever encountered any other silly client chat that made you laugh, do share with us.

 
 

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. Justin On May 13th, 2011 at 8:11 am
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    Here’s a little story about “Missing Missy” told through a graphic designer with an awesome sense of humor: http://www.27bslash6.com/missy.html

  1. steve On May 14th, 2011 at 9:18 am
    2

    I think this sums most of it up as well…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2a8TRSgzZY&feature=player_embedded

    It’s a laugh but how many times do we come up against this????

  1. Remy On May 14th, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    3

    Thanks …II share the same sentiments. Was good to remember the laughs and laugh again :o)

  1. Zap Media On May 15th, 2011 at 2:09 am
    4

    We never work for free… just ask the client to work for you free, you’ll get a great response, it works for us every time. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Sandra On May 15th, 2011 at 9:47 am
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    I am still laughing, these silly things happens all around in all spheres. Great thinking and really well done article.

  1. stoney On May 15th, 2011 at 4:58 pm
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    I do contract work for an international organisation, but sometimes when it is quite I fall back to a local position. one off my local clients ALWAYS uses the term ‘ can you just know this up for me ‘. It annoys me a great deal. One day my laptop was in for service and she said ‘can you just quickly knock this up for me’. Now funny thing but I sent her an email saying that my graphics dedicated laptop was out of order and so today I could not do things like that. She replied oh, cant you just knock it up in Microsoft word just this once… and so I did, just to show her what the difference between knock and build really means.

    She is a blonde after all and we are still good friends so all’s well

  1. interview preparation On May 15th, 2011 at 8:59 pm
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    I really love graphic designing, I’ve should have chosen this career a long time ago. Where it was fun to design such beautiful and breathtaking images.

  1. Tim On May 16th, 2011 at 2:22 am
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    Its amazing how many people dont realise the effort we put into our designs. Doing a logo for free! haha thats funny as!

  1. Lee | You The Designer On May 17th, 2011 at 2:10 am
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    Laughed out loud at #6. Artistic people are perceived as hipsters in laid back clothing.

  1. Adobe Lover On May 17th, 2011 at 8:20 am
    10

    so funny statements.. Keep it on

  1. QIS Print NYC On May 17th, 2011 at 9:14 am
    11

    Great post, very funny

  1. Zia On May 18th, 2011 at 7:19 am
    12

    Lolx I like all.. All are true facts :)

  1. Sohail Amir On May 18th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    13

    You will not believe the amount of clients I’ve come across who say things like this!

  1. Md Jaliluzzaman James On May 18th, 2011 at 8:59 pm
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    Lol..as a Web designer I faced these kind of situations lot..”hey james can you design 3 web templates in 3hours, hey james you are web designer..hmm can you make my site by tonight” :|

  1. Magazine Design On May 21st, 2011 at 8:40 am
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    Here’s another oldy-but-goody: “Could you train me on how to design magazine ads real quick? Because I’d like to be able to do them myself.”

  1. Alex On May 23rd, 2011 at 5:50 am
    16

    Classic, I have had a few of those happen to me! great post.

  1. Johan On May 24th, 2011 at 4:11 am
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    The logo and the work for free thing. Lol!

  1. Adam Booth On May 25th, 2011 at 3:04 am
    18

    Such a great list.

    The first two are particularly true. It is a massive misconception that designers will work for free. Although the main reason the majority of designers get into the industry is because they enjoy it, it is still a job and do have a life outside of this.

    Also the point about logo design is that most clients believe that designers can pluck an awesome logo design out of thin air in a few minutes which is certainly not the case. Logo design can be one of the trickiest parts of the job to get correct in order for it to work and sum up a business, but they just do not understand this.

  1. Richard Ball On May 27th, 2011 at 2:30 am
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    “Can you do this quickly, it shouldn’t take you long” i actually enjoy when customer think that something is just a few click of a button.

  1. David On May 29th, 2011 at 6:36 am
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    I have a few to add…

    ‘Can you jazz up this document?’

    ‘Can you add some images? I like this Google image, but why can’t you use it?”

  1. Jake On May 31st, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    21

    I am still laughing / crying about today’s request on a Meetup site:

    Hey, I hate to make my first post a help post, but I am kinda desperate here. Is anyone able to help me make a simple graphic (a logo) for a website? I promise I’ll give you credit. I just really need help here so please, if you can help me make a logo, let me know. Thanks a million!

    All famous logos are simple graphics. Right? The simpler the better.

  1. guilty image On June 28th, 2011 at 12:46 am
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    @ justin: that has to be the funniest thing i’ve read in a while!

  1. Kikisoso On November 6th, 2011 at 10:40 am
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    These are great, and they are ALL sadly the sort of thing I hear day to day. Keeps us smiling at least.

  1. davey On January 15th, 2012 at 12:15 am
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    doing a logo for free is only when you are working on your portfolio!

    I like the “make a logo within the upcoming 15minutes”!!!

  1. Julie moore On January 4th, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    25

    My fav: this will be simple and quick for someone who knows what they are doing.


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