This week we have a tongue in cheek rant about the negative aspects of being a designer. We typically keep things positive on this show, but this week we manage to laugh at the woes of difficult clients, sleepless nights and doing a job that nobody else seems to understand. You may relate to a few of our pet peeves from this week’s show!



Show Notes for This Episode:

[1.00] This week we’re talking about the aspects of being a designer sucks
[1.50] The inability to switch off
[3.00] When you’ve gotten into the flow of a project, you can’t let go of that feeling, in case it doesn’t come back
[5.45] When clients crush your hopes and dreams
[6.20] When you feel like a performing monkey, with the client designing for you
[7.20] People questioning why you charge so much ‘I could do that’
[8.00] The painful waiting period for a client to get back to you
[8.35] Designing by committee
[9.15] When the client wants 5000 revisions on a project (and goes back to the first one eventually)
[9.50] When clients don’t provide all the deliverables you need
[10.45] When your friends and family think you don’t have a real job
[11.20] When people presume you’re an IT expert, just because you’re a designer
[11.55] Not getting paid
[13.40] Strangers not understanding what you do
[15.45] The psychological doubt in what you do
[17.00] The subjectivity of if you’re good or not
[18.40] The barrier to entry is so low, anyone can ‘be a designer’
[20.15] It’s damaging to your mindset
[21.00] Being envious of your peers
[24.00] Not being able to spell and being a designer
[26.30] Being sent dated document formats
[27.00] Browser and device compatibility woes
[27.30] Responsive web design
[29.00] The design world seems to move so fast, it’s so easy to get behind
[31.15] The feast and famine nature of your monthly income as a freelancer
[31.40] Having to do every single role as a freelancer
[32.15] Thinking you’re cooler than you actually are
[34.00] The look of pity when people presume you’re barely able to make a living doing what you do
[34.35] When non-designers try to relate
[36.30] Find peers to laugh about this stuff with, so it doesn’t get to you


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