Just caught this video over at catch this and needless to say it rang true with all of us here.
Of course we echo their disclaimer at the bottom, “none of our clients ever do this,” but what I love about this video is that it illustrates a phenomenon most designers recognize. People treating designers, and the work we do, like a commodity.
The question I tend to ask is what makes this so pervasive?
Is it because design tools are so accessible? Who knows? We don’t think they mean to seem penny-pinching or unreasonable, but sometimes that’s how it comes off. Maybe you disagree, I’d love to hear your thoughts, but at least we can all laugh a little at this…
I think the only scenario missing was the ol’ carrot dangling, “I can only pay $XX.XX now, but there’s more work later.”