Cartoon: If Web Designers Were Prostitutes [004]

February 9th, 2015

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 three. Hope you enjoy it…


If Web Designers Were Prostitutes

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.

If I Like it, I Will Pay You…


I’m pretty sure that – if you are not completely new to the scene – you have heard that one too. The lady in our cartoon here is not that amused at the proposal. It’s the same with her as it is with us. Once the work is done, the effort has been spent. Whether the customer likes the result or not has no influence on the hassle. Unfortunately, there are quite a few poverty-promoting platforms out there that support this customer’s expectation of having to pay only for work he likes, think of 99designs, for example. Take my advice and NEVER hire yourself out as a … servant to this kind of leechers. You’ll only come closest to the topic of our recent cartoon that way. And steady customers are not to be won through platforms that make you work for next to nothing…

More Cartoons from the Series

  1. If Web Designers Were Tattooers
  2. If Web Designers Were Car Salesmen
  3. If Web Designers Were Plumbers

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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+.

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1 year 8 months ago

thank you for sharing