The Furious Thread of Rage!!

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Advert designed based on a leaflet received, as per client instruction.

"I don't like it, it looks like my leaflet."

"No probs, what kind of design are you looking for?"

"If you don't know then you're not proper designers are you?"

"I am sorry, I didn't take my telepathy tablets today."
 
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Sometimes, it seems like brand guidelines are for the sole purpose of ensuring logos are ridiculously huge on designs. I'm sure most 'brand guidelines' aren't written by designers, just office monkeys who want the logo to be "Bigger. No, much bigger. No, what do we want all that space for?! Are you a designer or what?! BIGGER."
 
Paul Murray

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Sometimes, it seems like brand guidelines are for the sole purpose of ensuring logos are ridiculously huge on designs. I'm sure most 'brand guidelines' aren't written by designers, just office monkeys who want the logo to be "Bigger. No, much bigger. No, what do we want all that space for?! Are you a designer or what?! BIGGER."
There's an interesting article about branding companies/brand guidelines by Paul Belford in this months Creative Review, where he explains how he created some great adverts for Waterstones, but had to fight to get them to agree to run with them because they didn't adhere to their branding rules. Is it worth ignoring creativity and originality for the sake of brand consistency?
 
Paul Murray

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Me: "This website won't work correctly in Internet Explorer 6. The way it's created just won't work on an outdated browser"
Them: "It HAS to work in IE6. Just make it work."

You just can't tell some people.
 
bigdave

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Sales Manager: "Will this site be ready to proof to the client soon?"
Me: "No because I've not had time to learn how to use Magento yet."
Sales manager: "I understand that but they're spending a lot of money...."
Me: "I know but this is completely new to me so I'll need time to work out how it all works before I can build them a site!"
Sales Manager: "Ok, the end of the week will do."
 
Corrosive

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Me: "This website won't work correctly in Internet Explorer 6. The way it's created just won't work on an outdated browser"
Them: "It HAS to work in IE6. Just make it work."

You just can't tell some people.
Time to start specifically excluding IE6 (and 7 I'd say) in your Ts & Cs. If customers 'need' IE 6 & 7 support they have to pay extra for the extra work. Simple as :icon_biggrin:
 
hankscorpio

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Client: I'm sending you over table plan for 18 tables - *actual email* Can you lay this out nicely so it fits on 4 A4 pages with the Branding across the top Can you lay it out to fit the 4 pages but that its large enough for people to read. *ends*

Me: *send a review*

Client: Can you space them out a bit. Make them larger. Please put 4 tables on each page.

Me: There's 18 tables, that would mean only 16 tables would fit...

Client: Make it 5 pages then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me: You asked for 4 pages... *sends back email from earlier with another proof* [still 4 pages]

Client: *PERFECT FAB THANKS*
 
Paul Murray

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Creating a book cover with all the type elements (including the blurb on the back) done by hand with a brush and ink. I've just been asked to "try a different font" :icon_rolleyes:
 
Katedesign

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Not sure whether to put this here or in the chill-out forum but as I called the guy a 'complete idiot' and that he 'was talking rubbish' (I was polite!) I feel it should be here.

It's the "Windows Technical Helpline" call.... who when I asked for his phone number got his supervisor to talk to me... I said that I didn't have a Windows computer initially as it normally gets rid of them but this guy was determined to talk. So I said 'which of my four Windows computers are you talking about? Which one should I run this 'test' on?' He refused to listen to me and persisted that I should go to the MMC (Microsoft Manager Console???!) and type something in. I told him that none of my 4 Windows computers were on and he could just tell me how to run this test. He didn't listen again, said he wouldn't get control of my computer, he wasn't trying to sell me anything and it was just to 'educate' me. I called him a complete idiot (several times and in different words) and that I didn't want to talk to him... he really wanted to talk... I gave up in the end and put the phone down.

I did have spare time (at the time) which is why I carried on - but I would like to know what they think they achieve by this? Does anyone know? Next time I might just pretend to do it.... Does it work on Windows 8?
 
hankscorpio

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Yes that's definitely a scam - and surprisingly a lot of people fall for it.

They ask you to go to the Event Viewer, where you see lots of red errors - instilling fear in the pc owner that their pc is infected.

They are then directed to a website to download a programme that allows remote access to the computer. At which point a botnet is installed into your system. And your computer is then monitored remotely, they can access all your files, internet history, emails etc. without you knowing.


Best thing to do is to tell your friends to hang up on these callers - and if they persist on calling - log each time they call and report it to the police. The police won't entertain a complaint of phone abuse if you don't log these calls and have a firm account of time and dates they call.


If you do by chance happen to install such software - then the best advice is to turn it off - bring it to a computer specialist - and have the computer wiped and a fresh install.


Never take a call or respond to an email purporting to be from a representative from any organisation - they are all scams.
 
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Sounds like a fishy business to me... giving a cold-caller remote control of your computer? Yeah, right.
 
Katedesign

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I like to waste their time when I can... as today. Normally I say that I have a Mac and they go away. It's a bit like saying that you're a Catholic to a Mormon!
 
@GCarlD

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Haha yeah I had one of these imbeciles call me last week!

I knew it was a scam within a few seconds of his opening sentence being; 'Hello, I am from PC Technical Support and I am calling to fix the Trojan Virus you have on your Windows PC.'

Now the problem this guy had is; 1/ I wasn't born yesterday and 2/ I do not have a Windows PC. But I played along anyway for a laugh and pretended to do everything he asked me to. All the while, I was really just making notes of his instructions and answers to some of my questions to which he was reluctant to answer.

I am no linguist but I could clearly hear that this guy was from India, due to his strong accent. I asked for his name, and after a few thinking seconds he said 'Jack.' That's it just 'Jack.' So I asked for his surname and he said 'Williams.' Now I mean come on, what kind of idiot did he take me for. I then asked for the name of his company and he replied with the imaginative 'PC Technical Support.' I asked him where he was was calling from, he said, 'England.' I replied, where about in England, his response, 'Birmingham'. The hole he was digging himself was getting deeper and deeper. I asked him how he got my phone number and he said that 'BT asked us to call you to fix the virus you have.'

Anyway he was basically trying to teach me how to use the bloody internet. Scam man: 'Can you open Internet Explorer'. Me: {Sigh} 'I do not have Internet Explorer.' Scam man: 'Google Chrome then?' Me: Yes, I use Google Chrome. Scam man: 'Ok double click on Google Chrome, and you see the address bar at the top of your window, type in; www. (I will not post the website on the forums for obvious reasons).

At this point, I had to stop because I had better things to do, and when I said I will get in contact with BT, to get back to him to help fix my non-existent problem, he lost, it and went mad, shouting; 'You didn't do anything I asked you to did you' blah blah blah blah, so I just put the phone down on it, I mean him.

These scam artists have such a sad life. I really do feel sorry for anyone that falls for them.
 
hankscorpio

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I read before, maybe last year, that a fella was getting a lot of marketing calls, so he changed his number to a Premium Rate number, and he kept the marketeer on the phone as long as possible, asking as many questions as he could. Then he made money off them. Pretty cool thing to do I think.
 
bigdave

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I've discovered my new most irritating phrase....

"I'm just conscious of your time.."

If you think I'm taking too long to work through a problem, just tell me and I'll move on to the next job on the list.... BUT... don't then expect me to know how to do what you stopped me doing next time the same issue arises! :icon_mad:
 
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