My brother always comes to me when he needs graphic design work done. In the past, I used to do it for free because it’s my brother. These days he works in a medical office where the doctor is very good about paying in a timely fashion. However, my brother continues to have extremely high standards and a low tolerance for me being unable to read his mind.
Client: I need you to draw something for me.
Client: It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a simple drawing. You can do it however you like.
At this point in the phone conversation I’m already wary. There are a million ways for me to approach this project, and there’s a high probability I will spend a lot of time tuning the picture to my brother’s specifications only to find out the doctor wanted something completely different. I decide to approach cautiously.
Me: What is this for?
Client: It doesn’t matter! Can you just do it? I’ll tell you later.
Me: Can you tell me now?
Client: Fine! You make things so difficult. The doctor is making a video clip. We have the audio file, so now we need visuals to make it a video file.
Me: Okay, that’s really useful information for starting. How many images do you need me to make?
Client: Just one. We can’t simply take images from the internet because they’re copyrighted, but if you make it we can use it no problem.
Me: Wait, so you can’t just buy stock photos for this?
Client: I guess we could!
Me: So are you going to go that way, then?
Client: …You’re not a very good business person.