19 things not to say to a graphic designer

As a graphic designer – whether you work with a creative director (opens in new tab) at a design agency or you're working from home (opens in new tab) as a freelancer – you're bound to come into contact with some pretty frustrating clients. Whilst there's no easy way to escape clients from hell (opens in new tab), you can use their ridiculous requests for your own inspiration.

This project from Zerouno (opens in new tab) collates all the ridiculous quotes they've received from clients over the years and turns them into some rather wonderful typography posters. It's a hilarious and often shocking insight into what clients want of their designers.

If you hear any of these whilst undertaking a project, it might be time to dump a client (opens in new tab) but if that's not an option, you could turn it into a fun project such as this. Have you heard any of these yourself? Let us know – we'd love to hear about it!

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

what not to say to a graphic designer

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Sammy Maine was a founding member of the Creative Bloq team way back in the early 2010s, working as a Commissioning Editor. Her interests cover graphic design in music and film, illustration and animation. Since departing, Sammy has written for The Guardian, VICE, The Independent & Metro, and currently co-edits the quarterly music journal Gold Flake Paint. 

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