I’m a designer who left the advertising world of egotistical assholes to start working with non-profits who would align better with my values. Turns out, the non-profit still has egotistical assholes.
I was working with a client at a non-profit who thought he could do my job better than me. Turns out, his team all loved my stuff. I’m a woman, and you could tell his male ego was SCREAMING that I was better at something than he was.
I a meeting:
Client: I thought your previous design was way too complicated, but everyone loved it so I let it go.
Oh thank you.
Client: Are you comfortable with Photoshop?
No, I’m a professional designer who’s art directed for companies like major companies like Coke and Target and I don’t know Photoshop. For real, dude?
Client: Great! So you know how to put filters on things.
I did my best to convince him that just throwing a filter on a professional design looks cheap and unattractive, but he persisted. Finally, I presented three options; one I would publish on my portfolio, one with a light filter look to compromise, and one trash garbage one with heavy effects.
Naturally he picked the last one because it was “his idea.” Ugh.Get the Freelance Guide for 2017