People working in the web design and development industry need to become thick-skinned over the years if they intend to survive long term. I am in this business since web design got invented in the early Nineties, and I sure know what I’m talking about when it comes to the hidden secrets of client communication. My remedy these days is laughing. I refuse to get angry anymore. Instead, I make fun of the situations that only a few years ago made me want to hire a professional killer. There are quite a few people out there who are only still alive for the fact I couldn’t afford to pay one. Nah, just joking. As making fun of it all is the healthiest way to cope with it, we decided to start a new cartoon series titled “If Web Designers Were” here at Noupe. This is part eight. Hope you enjoy it…
If Web Designers Were Butchers
Clients always tend to stretch their orders to ultimately get more out than they put in. Paying little, getting lots is a wide-spread philosophy these days. Designers have to cope with that.
The only way to actually secure yourself from delivering too much work for too little money is having everything fixed in a written contract with added written extension orders for every piece of work not initially having been part of the contract.
But even then, you will fall prey to your client. They might not even intend to hurt you. Blame it on their unbelievably great ignorance.
Our little cartoons will help you eradicate ignorance once and for all. Collect them and show them to your clients as needed. I’m sure they’ll understand immediately.
Can we backup a few steps?
Web developer Nathan McKay from sunny Florida sent us the idea for this cartoon. As he told us, he quite often experiences situations where the client becomes tired of the results of his own micromanaging of the site elements. At one point towards the end of the project, the client doesn’t like the outcome anymore. That’s when he’s asking for backing up a few steps. If it only were that easy. It’s certainly not for our butcher here…
More Cartoons from the Series
- If Web Designers Were Tattooers
- If Web Designers Were Car Salesmen
- If Web Designers Were Plumbers
- If Web Designers Were Prostitutes
- If Web Designers Were Pizza Boys
- If Web Designers Were Sculptors
- If Web Designers Were Florists
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Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.