As a designer, there is no way you can shield yourself from the experience of a horrible client. Every designer has had their share of problems, and it simply comes with the job. Some clients are of course worse than others, but there are also clients who make the job as a designer ultimately rewarding. But it’s when you are faced with a good client gone bad that you wish you had taken the appropriate actions to prevent it. A web design client sometimes has a vague description of what they are after, which makes the work of a designer almost impossible. There are of course ways to prevent those experiences if you make sure you set the rules with the web design client prior to you starting your work on their design.
I could probably sit here and write a long and tedious story about great designers who have had almost unearthly experiences with bad clients. There are quite a lot of these posts and articles out there already, so I don’t think I need to write another one. As a matter of fact, I wrote an article that depicted many different web design client claims and descriptions in hilarious pictures a while back. The article was called 72 Posters Of Ridiculous Design Feedback From Clients and should be an amusing read if you want a nice laugh today.
Instead of delving into their indecisiveness, we should instead look at the anatomy of a horrible web design client and how you can prevent yourself from ever experiencing this quite stressful endeavor. An infographic jam-packed with statistics will guide us through the maze of measures to be taken in order to ensure a good relationship with your client. Not only that, but we’ll also get the chance to update ourselves on the web design profession in general.
This infographic called The Anatomy Of A Horrible Web Design Client presented to us by Top Web Design Schools is a great reminder about just what a designer has to put up with in order to complete his or her work.
What immediately strikes me when I look at this infographic is that 50% of web design clients know exactly what they don’t want. Being faced with that as a designer is the worst experience ever. Why? Because it will tell you that before you even start, no matter how much information or inspiration the client has given you, your designs will be denied no matter how good they are. However, it is when the web design client doesn’t really know what they want and instead gives you the legendary vague descriptions of what they do want when you are truly faced with an impossible task.
Save yourself the trouble of dealing with horrible web design clients by carefully checking out this infographic. The list of 10 preventive measures will greatly help you in your endeavor. Never stop believing that there are actually great and ultimately awesome web design clients out there too. You just have to sift through the bad ones to find them. It comes with the job.
Horrible Web Design Client Prevention Guide
(Click To Enlarge)