Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Yesterday I was really sick at work, and got ANOTHER email written in comic sans, from some spam advertiser. A full page (probably 150 words?) In emboldened comic sans. If I had been feeling better, I would've just trashed it like everything I get that's written in comic sans, but for whatever reason, I wrote back a rather rude memo saying "If this wasn't written in comic sans, I would think about reading this". Well, turns out it wasn't a spambot, and I received a reply, "Sorry Maren, but if we can't use everyone's favorite font, and since we're a fun company, Times New Roman and Arial just won't do!" I wanted to cry. Is that what people up here think are their options? Times New Roman, Arial, and Comic Sans?
I miss civilization.
Friday, April 5, 2013
I thought about whether or not to post this blog post, and I decided that I should, as a few other friends (both designers and clients) have run into this same issue, and it's something not many people know how to handle in the moment.As the client, whatever you say goes. We know it, you know it, everybody who's been on this merry-go-round knows it. For things to go smoothly, a great deal of collaboration, patience, and understanding will develop. Your client will jump at opportunities to hire you, and your designer will bend over backward to please them. However, if the client is unhappy, the designer is just as unhappy, and it can turn into a big mess. So what do you do if things aren't going well?
Start OverPretend you'd never met, and explain your goals again, what you want the final product to be. The designer then should explain the concerns or challenges (s)he is confronted with. Discuss the options, think inside and outside of the box. No boundaries, just discuss options. Brain storm. Get excited about the project again.
HaggleItalian street vendor-style. This is the hardest part, because the client or designer might have to let go or alter some of their goals. It's important that discussion doesn't stop in the middle of this, otherwise you'll have a very disgruntled designer or a very fed up client who'll want to jump ship. Trust your designer. You've hired them for a reason. Listen to the client, they've hired you for a reason.
Be DirectIf things aren't resolved, and you've tried new mockups, new inspiration, and the two just aren't seeing eye to eye, just be direct and say that your needs aren't being met in this relationship, and that it's time to part ways. Does this sound familiar? Yep, treat it like an amorous relationship. Be firm, kind, and part ways. This is one of the reasons a contract is so important for big projects, because sometimes things fall apart.
Whatever you do, for god's sake, DO NOT tell the designer in the middle of a project that they've hired someone else, and then send them the final result. You'll look like an asshole. Designers, DO NOT continue sending designs, you'll look desperate. Even if you come up with the answers and it's perfect; just keep it in your portfolio.
Have you ever had to break up with a client or designer? What would you add to this list?
at 6:47 PM
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
In other news I have ringworm -- the mosquitoes and sandflies weren't enough, had to catch a fungus. Gross. At least it's not a real worm, that would be horrible.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Also, I noticed that on Internet Explorer (when I was showing a coworker my website) that on the Portfolio section when you click the different filters it just takes you back to the homepage. Lame. No issues with Chrome, Safari or Firefox (at least on my end), but it's frustrating. Most people around here have windows, which makes IE the default, so that's a bummer. Maybe I'll get around for a fix, but that's highly unlikely because a) super busydom and b) I don't really care about IE. Which probably makes me a browser snob, and I apologize for that. Heh, no I don't.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
So I've been flat out (Australian expression for working really really ridiculously good looking hard) this month, and have not done ANYTHING on this blog. So disappointing, I am fully aware. So I'm going to just show you things that other people have drawn for me, and talk about myself. Because it's my blog, so there.
Happy weekend, party people. Give me comments about your thoughts on spaghetti: red sauce or white?
at 11:56 PM
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I am literally falling asleep as I write this.
It's barely even 8:30pm.
at 4:32 AM
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Red Bubble in an assortment of colors.