Things Graphic Designers are Tired of Hearing

Things Graphic Designers are Tired of Hearing

“You make images on a computer, right?” 

“Can you have this done by tomorrow?” 

“It looks nice but something is missing.” 

If you are a graphic designer, you may have heard these annoying things from your clients. If you haven’t, lucky you!! 

The reason you hear things like these is, non-designers often under-estimate the struggle and hard work designers put through a project. 

Such sentences don’t just annoy the designer, but makes them feel under-valued and eventually demotivated. 

So, to help you – our dear fellow designer, we have curated 7 most common and extremely annoying sentences thrown by designers and how to answer them. 

“Can you do this one for free? It’ll look good in your portfolio.” 

Newbie freelancers often hear this. As in the initial stage of freelancing, everyone focuses on building a strong portfolio rather than earning a good chunk, client presumes you are desperate for getting work and they can take get your services for free. 

In response, just smile and politely explain that you have bills to pay, so you expect to be paid. Then swiftly turn the conversation to talk about your recent project with a big client to demonstrate how you are in demand. 

Make sure you maintain a polite and non-boasting tone throughout the conversation. 

“You just draw pictures, right?” 

Often passed by relatives or friends, this is one of the most annoying sentences that no designer can respond to without being all raged up. You may be boiling from inside but don’t let it come up on your face. 

Instead, join in with the joke and laugh along. But when it ends, explain your work and diverse role as a graphic designer with a big smile on your face. 

“I could do this myself, so it won’t take you that long to do.” 

You would be eager to respond with “if you can do this yourself, why are you spending your money on someone to do it for you?” 

This usually occurs when you have outlined your project and the client finds you either expensive or taking a longer time than it normally takes. 

To tackle this, explain to your client that you can’t do it in a short time period as the quality of the work wouldn’t be the same. 

“I like it, but could you improve it little bit?” 

Finding out what your client wants exactly is a tough job, as oftentimes even they would be confused about what they are looking for. 

In that case, you should ask as many questions as possible to understand your client’s idea. Don’t be shy or hesitant in asking, it’s your job to do so. 

“We want an identity just like this company…” 

Explain to your client that the identity of a brand should be unique and tailored to its audience, as it helps distinguish your business from your competitors. 

You have to explain that copying someone else’s identity won’t just make their business lose its touch with its own values and purpose but there is a potential threat of copyright issues and possible legal consequences. 

“We can’t pay you until we’re happy with the logo/poster/whatever you create.” 

This one is also common to beginners. The client makes assumptions about your skills according to your experience, this leads them to make such kind of conditions. 

To respond to this, be upfront and tell them the process of designing and what stages you will go through you create their product. They will understand if you would be genuine and understandable. 

“The content isn’t ready yet, but can you create a draft of the design?” 

What is to explain here is that if you get content first you will have a firm idea of how will things fall together on the paper. 

You need at least a basic idea about how much content there would be to structure it in an aligned and effective manner so it can deliver the idea it conveys. 

To wrap up… 

Clients who communicate clearly and politely, are upfront and explains their expectations well, get the best work from designers. 

Have encounter any such clients? How did you respond to them? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.

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