N.C. Winters is always drawing. When he isn't making comics, doodling or working as a freelance graphic artist, he spends his time painting pretty pictures for galleries from his home studio in sunny southern California.
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I know the feeling ) I had The cheapo, the insane, the time bomb, the obsessive but never the dream!
LOL! Dream client? Dream on!
Well in reality not all are that bad. You get a few here and there but if handled well and early, with proper documentation and assertiveness, all are ok.
I had them all. Because I couldn´t find time to work on my logo, I hired a real good friend and designer to do it.
I became the dream client, and we are both really happy,
And one more – mix of first 5
I hear you brother… damn, once you’ve dealt with someone like that, you wish you were a streetsweeper.
So true! I have dealt with The Cheapo, The Insane, The Know-It-All and then Obsessive. The Dream is definitely a rarity!
We have also “pseudo-dream”. They say that you are the expert, and you can do what you want, but when they see the results, they turn into insane + know-it-all+time bomb+obsessive.
How about the Time Waster? I visit their office for a 5000 postcard order, and they want to keep me there for 4 hours just to give me different photos, etc.
I (developer) have an upcoming project, I’ll quote the dream client to the designer when I get to the design stage
Aah… the insane client. I know them well. Been working on my own projects for a while.
Oh for a dream client…..Rarer than hen’s teeth.
This is exactly why I stopped designing and went into development.
Same here, although I’ve focused my work on development more than design but haven’t hedged it out entirely. For design work, I charge more to compensate for the aggravation of these characters… unless they are dream clients where I offer discounts!
WOW, Amber! We both are alike.
Same here. I started off as a web designer but moved into development as I was frustrated with people, who knew nothing about design, coming over and telling me to change the colors blah blah blah! But now I am an Interactive Developer and I design only for myself.
Haha so many scenarios but all true.
I’m printing this one out.
I’ve had an obsessive tell me to change the font of a question mark and after several revisions, ask me to remove ONE period. Yes, a DOT in a sentence.
I’ve had the Cheapo, Insane, and Obsessive. Lots of the Obsessive. I can’t imagine a know-it-all, haha
Love this one! Nice job!
Have met the first 3 types.
I LOVE IT!!!!!! This is your best comic ever on Freelance Switch and it’s all completely true!!!! I’m sharing this with my friends.
I love it!
I needed the laugh!
Lol, being a designer is a ‘growing and expanding your worldview’ type of career.
As designers we must be super talented to still be sane after dealing with some of the client types mentioned above…
Dude, who is The Dream and where can I find him??? I’d like to place an order of one dozen dreams, super-sized, please.
Freelance switch always get me. Currently working with The Cheopo, The Timebomb and The Obsessive, just finished working with The Dream. I wish this was a poster.
Yes I would pay for a poster of this… I can see it in my office already
Hahaha! This is one of the best comics on FSW. I’m not a designer but I have encountered the Time Bomb and a combination of the Cheapo and Obsessive.
I hate when they start like “the dream” and lull you into a false sense of freedom and then…WHAM!, they change
I’ve had all these exact clients more than enough times… awesome great laugh!
This is funny but so true, not to mention sad.
Best client would have to be the dream.
Worst ? a combination between the dream + cheapo + time bomb lo.
I think I am more than confident in saying I have had the pleasure / pain of working with all the different clients shown in this post.
Believe it or not, the worst – for me – is the “INSANE” client.
CKYM lol hahha
What? Standard set of colours. I believe it’s Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, and KEWLNESS
I Have met the first all types of clients
Unfortunately, when I work on personal projects I turn into the Obsessive Client. My personal projects (especially websites) therefore go through 15 revisions before any headway can be made.
As for clients, I make sure with a contract and detailed SOW that any overtime/extra changes will cost the client extra… and usually work to end the shenanigans.
I’d have to say that while I have had a surprisingly high amount of dream/semi-dream clients, the Cheapo and Time bomb are by far the most common types I come across.
Insane clients, had like 5 of them in a row…that was very strange time …also I still hope, that someday I’ll find the “dream client”
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