Sunday, August 12, 2007

The pitch

After working for two nights to clean up the guitars and play with the colors of the dollar signs (I'd shown my boss a rough with only a few styles of guitars on a white background before continuing) I took what I considered the finished product into my boss and he said, "It seems busy. Don't you think it looks busy? Can you make the guitars smaller and the logo bigger and maybe the guitars could be fainter. But I like the concept."


Well, that's good, I guess.

So this is the new version that I'm taking to him tomorrow:
I don't like it as well, I think that the grouped guitars worked as a single image, while this just looks scattered, but I don't pay the bills. I also know better what he wants for the future--an image that suggests but then disappears instead of a strong signature. Good things to learn.
What I have to work at is trusting that a) just because the client doesn't want it doesn't mean it's a bad design b) the customer is always right, even when they're wrong. I'm actually better able to do this as a designer (of anything) than as an actress, for instance. I tend to trust authority more than myself. I'm working to stick to my guns as a writer in this job. It's slow going.

5 comments:

musing said...

I liked the first one better, too.

Novel said...

Thank you!

musing said...

So, what did the client think of the second version?

Novel said...

It's a go! It goes out tomorrow to prospective Sponsors. I ordered the postcards (a variation on the theme-two guitars in a fan in the corner of a horizontal card). I got so nervous doing it--thinking, "What if they come back and they look like crap, and it's all on me." We shall see. Thanks for following. Most of the rest of the office seem to think it's a great theme.

musing said...

Glad he liked it!