I designed a logo and some software mockups for a client. She loved what I’d done, and took the logo and mockups to her web developer. My part on the project was complete.
Two months later, she posted my logo and a different version on Facebook, asking people which they liked better. I would have been a bit disappointed, but every person said they preferred my version.
Client: Guess what I did! I ran a contest on Facebook with your logo and a version my web developer made, and everyone said they liked yours better! It was really neat. I should run more contests like that.
I smiled and laughed, but thought it was weird she thought I’d be excited to know she was shopping around, but whatever.
Soon after, I found out she was working with another graphic designer. Or so I thought, because in another conversation she said:
Me: You know, it’s funny, I was talking to my developer and he said he could use a graphic designer to support him! I thought he could just do everything. Oh well, you learn something new every day!
I honestly don’t think she realizes that I’m a graphic designer, have done graphic design work for her (that was better than what her web developer can do), and could help her out with those design needs. Best of luck to her.