The Book of Web Design Vol. 1: Clients’ Standard Quotes (Cartoon)

March 5th, 2015

Frequent readers know. Starting from January cartoons have found their place here at Noupe, too. Our series “If Web Designers Were …” has become popular quite quickly, and our readers keep submitting their favorite client situations. Thanks and keep going. Some of the submissions, while funny, cannot adequately be described in the format of “If Web Designers Were …”. That’s why we decided to add another series named “The Book Of Web Design: Clients’ Standard Quotes”. You are about to see the first cartoon of it.

The following quote is short and crisp, and one of the favorite quotes, Art Director Speider Schneider has encountered. Hey, that guy has worked for MAD, he’s used to sheer and utter madness…

(Image of the Notebook: PlaceIt, Illustration: Petereit, Composition: Canva)

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. They cannot measure the value of your work as they are unable to figure out how difficult it actually is. Please, don’t lower your prices out of pity, won’t you?!

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.

I can get someone to do this for (insert an aquivalent to next to nothing here) dollars

Have you ever heard this sentence? Noupe author Speider Schneider definitely has. It impressed him enough to even mention it in his latest article called “The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?“.


The client in our little cartoon here sure knows someone to build him his own Facebook for 50 bucks straight. Then again, did not Marc Zuckerberg pay a similar amount, too? I think I have to watch The Social Network again. Just to be sure, you know…

More Cartoons here at Noupe

  1. If Web Designers Were Tattooers
  2. If Web Designers Were Car Salesmen
  3. If Web Designers Were Plumbers
  4. If Web Designers Were Prostitutes
  5. If Web Designers Were Pizza Boys
  6. If Web Designers Were Sculptors

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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+.