4 Things You Say To Graphic Designers (But You Shouldn’t)

It is not just poets that suffer stupidity from well-meaning folks plenty of creatives do. Among these artists are graphic designers and which comments exasperate them. A big thank you to Kenneth Gitonga, a talented graphics designer and founder of Button Head Co., for providing the following comments.

“It’s just a logo, why so expensive?”

“Because they’re made from the same stuff unicorn horns are made of.” I don’t think people who say this really understand what a logo should mean to them and what amount of creativity goes into making one. But then again you wouldn’t be meeting a graphics designer if it was JUST a logo, now would you? A qualified graphic designer is literally loaning you years of his life experience.


“I don’t have a lot of experience in design, but I think…”

You’re right, you don’t have experience in design. So let someone who knows what they’re doing, do their job. That’s why you hire their services. It’s absolutely necessary to get the client’s opinion, but when they keep wanting to change every detail, it gets frustrating.

“How fast can you get this done?”

Why do people want to rush creativity? Why do they think art comes easy? You can set a deadline for a specific project to be accomplished but please respect the time quoted by the graphics designer ample time to get it done. A lot goes into creating something unique and something that ultimately is a part of its creator.


“I know someone who can do it for half.”

That’s fine, but if they mess up what it is you wanted to be done, come back and pay the fee this graphics designer quoted. Let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be here if you thought the one who can do it for half could do a better (or even equivalent) job. You’re just trying to bargain. Remember you get what you pay for.
Do you have any phrases you’ve heard over and over again as a graphics designer that you’re tired of hearing which isn’t on this list? Share them with us in the comments and let’s discuss them. 

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