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Let me tell you guys something. A designer’s job is not as glamorous as what many think it is. Wherever I tell people I’m a designer, people would go “Wow”, “So cool job!”, “Serious? That’s really awesome!” etc. Most often that not, I end up thinking what actually leads them into thinking that.

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I knew many designers who swore not to let their kids enter this field because it is too suffering to be in it. We ONLY dress well for occasion where we need to meet people. Other than that, we basically just grab whatever came in sight first in our wardrobe because we seriously don’t have time to play dress up.

Worst of all, most of us met some clients from hell. Some funny stories can be read from this site (Clients From Hell).

I too had my encounters with these type of clients. I think they exist because they thought a designer’s job is very easy.

“What so hard? Draw only mah? Need so long wan meh”

I always wanted to say back that if it’s so easy, then why not you do it yourself. I don’t go to university to study this if it’s so easy.

However, one the best is this.

I was doing intern in an interior design company. There is this chinese uncle about mid-50’s wanted my company to renovate and redesign the house.

Me: So, what style do you want for your design.

Client: A style that “wows”.

Me: Huh?

Client: You know. When I see the house, I must go “Wow”.

Me: Err….ok…but you got to tell me how would you like it to be. Modern? Classic? European?

Client: Modern la. Only modern wan can go “Wow” ma.

Me: Err…Ok..I’ll get on with it and let you know the outcome.

(After a week)

Me: Here’s your design.

Client:Cannot like this. Look modern but not “Wow”.

Me: ….. Can you elaborate more on what kind of “wow” factors you are talking about?

Client: Something like this. But Better! (shows an interior picture which I see the only difference is the dining table and chair used AND something that we don’t provide service to)

Me: Basically, you meant the furniture used?

Client: EXACTLY!

Me: It wouldn’t be possible  as we don’t provide the service to manufacture furniture. These are custom made furniture by furniture company and not interior design company. I design the cabinets but not the dining table and stuff like that.

Client: Well, you are the designer. YOU THINK OF IT. Since I already show u that, very easy to draw and manufacture out only. 3 more days we meet again!

Me: ……

3 days later.

Me: This is another redesign of your kitchen and bedroom.

Client: Got “Wow” but not “Wow” enough.

Me: (WTF???) Means?

Client: The bed can have some design like this? (the base of the bed extruding out)

Me: But this would definitely pose a danger of knocking your leg towards it and further bruised it. I had many clients complain about this and it is not really advisable to design it this way. Are you sure?

Client: I’m not so clumsy until will knock on my bed’s edge all the time la although I’m old.

Me: Ok. I’ll keep that in mind.

Few days later…

Client: Why you design the bed base extruding out? Sure will knock my legs many time wan. Injured then how?

Me: ………… (WTF?)

Needless to say, I end my internship before the project finishes because it is filled with ridiculous demands.

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  • Caroline

    LOL! chill chill. lucky now no longer working with that company. boss teruk, client oso teruk! :/

  • Caroline

    err if ur son or daughter in the future interested in design field, how? :p

  • Caroline

    but actually horr, working anywhere oso will meet client from hell one. :S my place here oso like dat wat! many pervert summore. :S

    • ericleeh

      yeah la..everywhere also got clients from hell wan…but designer clients more funny wan because most of them look down on designers job…LOL

  • donna

    eh.. 30 minutes more to off… =.=
    then no mood to work edi, want resign edi… wtf…
    oh.. u do interior design one ah? find u to do one day got discount or not ah? =.=
    i want simple, neat one can liao.. easy to clean one.. modern design gua, even though dunno what modern design means…

    dont want wow wow one…

    • ericleeh

      hahahaha simple one? one living room with one table fromgiant harga rm50…ok? hahaha

      sure got discount wan la…haha if u ever need one la

  • Mariuca

    Ha ha ha ha so funny la ur client….. yeah pisses me off too if ppl say what's so difficult about copywriting, just wrtie mah…. then you write yourself la right??? Grrrr…. anyway I enjoyed ur client's story so funny! Ridic… but funny ha ha!

  • LadyJava

    lol! I know exactly what you mean Eric…
    most people know what they dont want but not what they want and that can HELL on us designer eh…

  • kianfai87

    I will tell them to fuck off 😛 remember, I am a designer too XD

  • Ernest

    this is damned true!! i damn hate people who think designing is an easy thing to do. feel insulted whenever they quote so low.

    i also hate clients who base their requests on feelings alone.

    "make it more WOW"
    "why not i make this go up your nose?"

    nice post bro! haha XD
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