How to deal with clients from hell

The best designer-client relationships are based on fruitful collaboration, mutual understanding and complementary skills, but things don’t always go so smoothly.

In issue 257, editor of website Clients From Hell, Bryce Bladon, explores the darker side of designer-client relations, plus what to do when things get ugly.

No strangers to successful client collaboration, veteran agency The Partners relentlessly strive for perfection. We discover how this works in practice with our in-depth video profile.

And if you’re starting, expanding or sprucing up your own studio, don’t miss our guide on recommended hardware, software and furniture for a range of budgets.

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Also in issue 257 of Computer Arts:

  • Leah Bravo shares what she learned from an intensive fortnight at D&AD’s New Blood Academy
  • We explore how brands are incorporating a mix of cultures into their identities
  • Refresh your typography skills with part two of our series in partnership with ISTD
  • Learn how to get more from Photoshop brushes with insights from Kyle T. Webster’s ICON9 workshop
  • Discover how Wolff Olins designed Virgin Active’s new approach to spin class
  • Illustration duo Craig & Karl explain how they navigate creativity across the Atlantic

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Nick Carson

Nick is a content strategist and copywriter. He has worked with world-class agencies including Superunion, Wolff Olins and Vault49 on brand storytelling, tone of voice and verbal strategy for global brands such as Virgin, Pepsi and TikTok. Nick launched the Brand Impact Awards in 2013 while editor of Computer Arts, and remains chair of judges. He's written for Creative Bloq on design and branding matters since the site's launch.