Life as a designer is great right? You spend the day doing what you love, producing creative design material for big name brands and seeing your work being admired around the town in the form of ads, leaflets or even as a website. People hire you for your experienced knowledge of white space, composition, typography and colour theory, then put the image of their company entirely in your hands to work your magic and put the years of training into practice. In reality things often don’t go quite smoothly, here are 5 comedy videos that show the harsh truth about real life as a designer.
It’s all about the impact
This video from Agency Fusion taps into the experiences of almost every designer and turns the old ‘client – designer debate’ into a hilarious spoof product ad. Thankfully these goods aren’t available for real!
You have to please everyone
This parody covers the process of redesigning the stop sign, but with a comedy twist when the client gives their input and continually adds new requirements to the brief.
The designer just doesn’t understand
Paul Boag highlights 10 things a web designer would never tell you in his talk at BathCamp, a tongue-in-cheek guide for website owners to rein in their designer to make sure the project is done right!
White space is a waste of space
This classic video shows what would happen if Microsoft designed the Apple iPod packaging. The result is an explosion of starbursts, colour and information typical of any marketing department’s brief.
What they say isn’t what they mean
Finally this video documents the story of how a marketing campaign is made, but with the twist that everyone says what they really think.
We love it really!
Ok, so these videos are all exaggerated just a litte, but they all tap into the experiences faced by designers on a regular basis. If every client offered full creative freedom and agreed with your every point, what would we have to moan about?!
What are your favourite client stories?