Clients from Hell

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I’m a page designer for my school’s newspaper. We cover our printing cost with ads, and usually that...

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I’m a page designer for my school’s newspaper. We cover our printing cost with ads, and usually that doesn’t cover all expenses. Since we have little income we try to please our customers so they will buy an ad space again. I had two ads from the same company going on my spread. Our ad manager had designed one ad and we were waiting on the other from the company. I put placeholders on my page until the ad was sent. 

I received two ads instead of one: they were both in neon script font over stock images, and were in awkward, non-standard dimensions that didn’t fit our page, and were larger than the spots they paid for.

The email insisted we use these ads exactly as they are.

Me: (via email) The ads you sent us are in the wrong dimensions for what you paid for, and we have already designed an ad for you. Can you either send us a reworked version, or let us edit these ourselves?

Client: I would like for you to use the ads I sent. You can rearrange the paper.

I put the ads on the page as is. It was ugly and horrible. I felt ashamed.


I am barely over 18 and can meet deadlines and requirements better than the business owning adults in my city.


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