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This article was published on July 8, 2010


    Why Never to ask Favors from Designers

    Why Never to ask Favors from Designers
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    Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

    This email thread is simply too funny not to share with you. It comes from an awesome site called 27bslash6 that you should subscribe to. We’ll post half of the thread here and if you enjoy it, you can finish reading it up over there, probably the fair thing to do…or just go straight there now of course. Enjoy.

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    Shannon (the secretary) has lost her cat and has asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a lost poster. This is their email correspondence…
    Read from top to bottom….

    From: Shannon Walkley
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Poster

    Hi
    I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

    This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
    Thanks Shan.

    From:David Thorne
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
    To: Shannon Walkley
    Subject: Re: Poster

    Dear Shannon,
    That is shocking news.
    Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
    Regards, David. 

     

    From: Shannon Walkley
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Re: Poster

     

    yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.

     

    From: David Thorne
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
    To: Shannon Walkley
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

     

    Dear Shannon,
    I never said I don’t like cats. Attached poster as requested.
    Regards, David. 


    From: Shannon Walkley
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

    yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

     

    From: David Thorne
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
    To: Shannon Walkley
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

    Dear Shannon,
    It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
    Regards, David. 

     

    From: Shannon Walkley
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

    Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.

     

    From: David Thorne
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
    To: Shannon Walkley
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

    Dear Shannon,
    Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don’t come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
    Regards, David.

     

    From: Shannon Walkley
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

    This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost.


    From: David Thorne
    Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
    To: Shannon Walkley
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

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