Dieter Petereit February 16th, 2015

Cartoon: If Web Designers Were Pizza Boys [005]

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 five. Hope you enjoy it… cartoonteaser_noupe

If Web Designers Were Pizza Boys

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.

Show me how I can do this without you from now on

cartoon005_pizzaboy_noupe WTF? Did we talk about me having to teach you how to replace me by yourself? I don't think so. Sentences like these always make me angry enough to dismiss such a client right away. Why do they think a lesson in design could be such a minor issue that it must be included in the price? We as designers seem to not be able to make neither the value of our work clear enough nor the extent of our service. Ah, come on. Of course we are, but the client doesn't want to hear it...

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

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.

Enter Your Best/Worst/Funniest Experience Here…

[polldaddy type="iframe" survey="4AF70FA0944E92CE" height="auto" domain="noupe" id="hoellenkunden-en"]

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+.


  1. “You need to show me how I can do this myself from now on”. This was hilarious. It happened to me few times. I do WordPress websites and I tell my clients that they will be able to edit their pages content. But sometimes clients think that they will be able to edit everything.

  2. This one definitely made me laugh :) It’s unfortunately true in a lot of industries these days, they expect a free lesson from you so they don’t have to spend money on you in the future!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *