Respect the Designer
From Jason Santa Maria's blog:
Do you ever wonder why designers have trouble gaining respect while helping clients understand the importance of their services? It's this mentality (from the LogoYes site):
In just a few minutes, you can build an original logo without the costly, time-consuming process of working with a graphic designer (who must guess what you'll like).
Yes. We are designers, we are guessers. I spent years in school learning about design history, theory, promotional ideas and creative thinking to sit back and blindly throw darts at a wall. I mean, as far as a client is concerned, they probably think we smack something together like you can on LogoYes.
Yeesh. I see this all the time. Unfortunately, sometimes even within companies I've worked for. Web design is just as bad — if not, in fact, worse — people expect "Web site in a box! Now with e-shopping add-on!"
Somedays, it really really makes me wanna quit. Just shove off and forget the whole thing ever happened. It's that bad.