• Designers Block

    Posted by Steve Broughton on August 7, 2002 at 5:36 pm

    Having a sh*tty week this week, everything I design I don’t like and think it looks crap, please tell me you guys have the same problems & how do you deal with it cos I’m sitting here pulling out whats left of my hair.

    Robert Lambie Robert Lambie replied 20 years ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Andrew Blackett

    Member
    August 7, 2002 at 5:42 pm

    eeerrrmmmm……………..most days for me that steve, try and relax and dont think so hard about what you’re doing! oh and when you run out of hair on your head start on the goatie thats what i do 😉

  • Mike Brown

    Member
    August 7, 2002 at 6:13 pm

    when I get the same thing I usually go out on my motorbike, play a computer game, go up the house and watch some day-time telly or even go shopping. Retail therapy is great cus you get the buzz from buying something you want and then, when you get home, you feel real guilty about spending money and not earning so you get back to the job in hand and try harder…lol

    more soon

  • Paulsad

    Member
    August 7, 2002 at 6:14 pm

    Steve, shitty weeks are not just yours mate – I have one in three – usually caused by that old devil called cashflow, bad payers, ungrateful penny pinching customers who want the earth for nowt. My design ideas usually run out after one I’m afraid – I hate it when a customer wants several (free) ideas to mull over.
    Perhaps you need a break mate – sometimes when I get low I take the dog for a walk in the country whatever lousy day you’re having – the birds are still singing and a break can give you a fresh outlook.
    (Must get another bike as well – a good blast on that used to clear my head!)

  • Paulsad

    Member
    August 7, 2002 at 7:24 pm

    Further to my last bit of waffle – a good idea is to take the onus off yourself by getting Mr. Customer to give you as much as he can in the way of a “design brief” after all if he wants bold & brassy then give it to him – One thing I’ve learn’t is what looks great to me doesn’t always to the customer.

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    August 9, 2002 at 12:03 am

    I do the same as you steve !!!
    If I’m stuck I’ll try to relax for a while, look through some sign mags for good ideas or check the net. Something to remember though is design is all about opinion and just because you dont like the designs doesnt mean your customer wont like them. We like to give the customer a few different options and sometimes we have struggled to do more than a couple that we really liked. We have included a couple that we didnt like and sometimes the customer has prefered these. A few minor changes and all of a sudden you have a design that you are not really happy with but the customer is over the moon.

  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

    Member
    August 9, 2002 at 12:18 am

    i had the same problem today.
    i did a large van for a guy we know through another custmer, cost £500 or there about…
    took me most of the day to do it. guy turns up 5pm and loves it. great job etc he says. then says listen ill just pay this cash and pop into see you on monday. im going away for the weekend as of 6pm tonight and missed the bank.
    *****ing ******le i thought! told him i wasnt happy but didnt want to lay it on too heavy as he has a large bus company and lots of potential business…
    to add fuel to my fire the thing looked a bloody mess. horrible design, colours etc

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