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  • Most people outside of the industry have zero understanding, and zero respect for what we do. So, many will often make requests for work based on ignorant expectations.

    Oh… and don’t even dare try to get real with them. I’d rather just ignore silliness than BE ignored, or denied.

  • Preach it!

    I would give people outside the industry a little more credit then zero. I would say 90% of the time the decision is financially based. They’re trying to get 100% results at a fraction of the cost. The same goes for crowd-sourcing logos. It’s ethically and morally wrong–completely degrading.

    “No” is the professional response to these clients (although I always want to use the unprofessional phrases in this situation).

  • One of my former bosses, Greg Nickell from E-V Benefits, told me of a survey he had read in which people were given a choice between a locally built quality chair that would last many years and a substantially lower quality imported chair that cost a fraction of the price but was essentially a “throw-away” item. Surprisingly, the majority of test subjects chose the cheaper chair, full knowing that their decision would effect the livelihood of their local chair maker. We now see this in web design, web coding, and all things tech. We’ll pay through the nose for “boutique bottled water”, but gladly stab our local graphic designer in the heart to get a $10 logo.

  • Thanks for all your comments. I’m always interested in hearing everyone’s (designers or not) opinion. I agree with all of you on some level. People want a DEAL! I mean, I’m guilty of it as well. I’ll get the cheaper, lower quality shirt from Forever 21 instead of investing in a piece at J.Crew. I know that it won’t last as long, but it’s because I know the style will fade and I won’t want to wear it anymore.

    Maybe a large part of the reason people want a deal on their logo, website, business card is because they don’t see it lasting as long and becoming a REAL brand? I’m not saying this is always the case but I understand that logic.

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