I was just starting out as a graphics designer, fresh out of college, and my mom was getting more serious with her eBay page, selling some old collectibles. She asked me to make her a business card “pro-bono”.
Client: I don’t know what colors, fonts, texts, or pictures I want. Just give me samples and we’ll go from there.
Me: Well, okay. I’ve made four samples, each with the same general “thanks for your purchase” look. Each looks different and I can make them in almost any colors.
Client: I want number 3, but with some changes.
Me: Sure, I can do that easily enough. Do you want the wording, fonts, placements, or color changed?
She then gave me a laundry list of changes that made it look nothing like my original design. Eventually, she settled on a white card with the eBay logo and “Thanks for your purchasing” [sic - she wouldn’t let me change the wording] in red comic sans and her username in one corner so small you couldn’t read it.
Needless to say, I won’t be putting this one in my portfolio.