July 01, 2006

Dear Designer

Dear Designer

I am looking for a good designer to revamp our website and to redo our logo. I have spoken to my bosses and they think it’s a good idea, but we dont know how much we want to spend yet. The cheaper the better of course!

We’re not sure what we want our new look to be, but since you’re the professional, we’ll leave it to you to propose. Show us 3 mockups of what you think our new company website and logo should look like. We want to be professional yet friendly, serious yet creative. Something like what Apple has done.

If we like your mockups, we’ll choose one and hire you for the job. If we dont, we’ll let you know also. And if we like your ideas but you’re too expensive, we may ask someone cheaper to do it, so please quote as low as possible.

But rest assured, we have plenty of design jobs in the future! I have to go now, I have a free lunch waiting for me at a restaurant.

Your sincerely,

Posted by Jimmy at July 1, 2006 11:50 AM in design

oh my.. hahah..

Posted by: dawn at July 4, 2006 12:18 PM

actually that was a totally fictional letter, but it kinda sums up all the nonsense we’ve heard in the 7 years we’ve been in business.

I was inspired this morning but what I read on www.no-spec.com, which is a great initiative.

Also, please read Michael Bierut’s excellent post at Design Observer.

Reading that just makes me respect Pentagram even more.

Posted by: jimmy at July 4, 2006 12:43 PM

Thats suckz man. Why dun she go to a food court and ask the uncle to let her try 3 dishes, if it taste gd she buy if not she wont have to pay. This type of client got to be educated. Too much.

Posted by: Roger at July 4, 2006 05:09 PM

Hi to all budding designers…i stumble upon this blog site and thought u guys really discussed some interesting issues on the design industry. Im currently a design student working on a book 4 my final project regarding SG DESIGN VS CONSERVATIVE MINDS. Heres a few things to think about…
Does singaporeans give singapore designers a 2nd thought/look? Although the Goverment promotes SG being a design Hub, but are we all still restricted in our designs in terms of contents? How creative is SG design compared to the states and etc and why? Send ur views to elmorock89@hotmail.com subjected ‘Me & design in SG’ Thank you 4 ur valuable time.

Posted by: el at July 5, 2006 12:39 AM

Hey Roger, why do you assume that the client is female? :)

Posted by: Karen at July 5, 2006 09:36 AM

mmm, Not sure, maybe the way he/she expresses, or maybe becoz of free lunch. Cheapo client. So is it a he or she or heshe?

EL, become local are not gd enuff as compare to ang moh. Ang moh is like god. local is like dog. :) Look @ local singer, they have to make a mark themselves in overseas first before they can get popular here. :)

Posted by: Roger at July 7, 2006 08:54 AM

HEY! Why is my client writing letters to you? Now I have to figure out which client.

Posted by: artbitz at July 13, 2006 10:52 AM

Thanks Jimmy.

Michael was megga when he posted his opinions about Bruce, who, (imho ) lost site of ethics in our profession.


Posted by: Cat at July 15, 2006 10:41 PM

Yup, you’re right. There’s loads of them out there. I’ve been in business two years now and whenever I see/hear from a client who needs a mock-up before they have seen my portfolio and before they want to discuss terms and conditions, I say “Sorry, but no thank you.” No-Spec is a great place to be inspired - I support No-Spec work too!

I’m linking back to your post from my blog.

Posted by: Naina Redhu at July 16, 2006 04:58 PM

While Sagmeister was in town the other day, we talked to him about a variety of topics, one of which was the issue of spec work. In short, he said he doesnt do it and that a designer should never ever do it. If tempted by a project that seems to offer a juicy creative prospect, but one that asks for spec work, Sagmeister says to spend your time doing a personal project instead.

Posted by: jimmy at July 17, 2006 11:24 PM

We’re not sure what we want our new look to be, but since you’re the professional, we’ll leave it to you to propose.

Posted by: ralph emerson at December 1, 2006 01:20 PM
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