Now, I’m no designer, but I do have friends who are. And let me tell you… I’ve felt their pain. More than once. Why? Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
The relationship between a designer and their client is a truly frustrating one. And when I mean truly, I mean it in the way that physical laws are true. The disagreements and misunderstandings that crop up are simply unavoidable. Our own language trips us up, and try as we might, we can never perfectly describe exactly what we want. Did we succeed in explaining the correct shade of green that we wanted for our logo? When we said oblong, was it closer to a sphere, or an ellipsoid?
And you see, all those problems come up at the root of the client’s request. Their humanity simply stands in the way of them conveying their demand. And just wait until the designer – another human – enters the loop, and has to interpret all of that. Again making a bunch of imprecise errors, assumptions, misunderstandings…
Actually, they wanted a cylinder. D’oh! Now you have to send all your good effort to Recycle Bin and re-do the past two weeks. SIGH.
Needless to say, the client-designer relationship is one that deserves its own circle in Hell. It was so terrible, that some designers took the time to describe the most typical miscommunications between client and designer in a special design project.
Take a look at the funny designs below (hat tip to Bored Panda).