Dieter Petereit September 25th, 2015

Cartoon: If Web Designers Were Pilots … [009]

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 nine. Hope you enjoy it… Cartoon Series Web Design

If Web Designers Were Pilots

Clients tend to approach a design project very differently from what you as a designer would expect. That relates to their perception of prices but stretches across many other aspects too. The one big common reasons aka problem behind the whole bunch of peculiarities is a deep lack of understanding of what we creative professionals actually do. As the internet is full of images, sounds, other media and crammed with web sites, what can be so special about just fiddling together another one? 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.

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cockpit_noupe Web developer Swayne Laynerds from Alaska wrote us with the idea for this cartoon here. According to him this is the most common situation he faces when a new order is placed. Clients expect him to come up with something without even having given him a basic understanding of what they do and what they want to convey. In these moments Swayne feels like a pilot on flight duty with no idea where to head the plane to. Can you relate?

More Cartoons from the Series

  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
  7. If Web Designers Were Florists
  8. If Web Designers Were Butchers

Want Your Favorite Quote as a Cartoon?

YOU are the designer, and YOU know all these stories. Tell us your favorite citation via the form below, and you’ll probably find it in the form of one of our upcoming cartoons. Note that only the text area is mandatory. You don’t need to tell us your name and email address if you don’t want to. If you do we will attribute you below the cartoon, we might derive from your entry. Cartoons are scheduled for a weekly release.

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Dieter Petereit

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+.

One comment

  1. Hilarious, but I would like to differ here. It is not okay to generalize as most of the clients are very sure about what they need and are well prepared, however we do face this situation once in a while.

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