20 Hilarious ‘Clients from Hell’ Quotes from Designers

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As a freelance designer it is practically impossible if you haven’t met already a client who made your life a living hell! They’re impossible to miss, but once you’re done with them and finished your project, you’ll have some really funny memories! There’s an awesome, amusing website named ClientsFromHell where you’ll find lots of hilarious quotes from terrible clients. After a hard day at work, you may want to check it out, to get your daily dose of laughter.

Here’s some of the best quotes we could find. Did you have a ‘client from hell’ experience? Share it with us!

1. After sending two invoices for payment, I sent another and called the client when the receipt that they had received it came back.

CLIENT: Why are you calling me?

ME: You haven’t paid and this is the third invoice I’ve sent.

CLIENT: It’s even more than the last one!

ME: Yes. The contract you signed stated that I would add a late fee for payment.

CLIENT: You mean I have to actually pay you? I thought you were joking!

ME: What on earth made you think that?

CLIENT: You’re a freelancer!

ME: And…

CLIENT: Well, you work for free! If you were supposed to be paid, you’d be called a paidlancer or something!

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2. “See if we can get the domain name ‘foogle.com’, that way we get all the people who misspell google. If that’s taken, try tahoo, gacebook or qwitter”

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3. CLIENT: “I don’t mean to sound racist, but…”

ME: “But what?”

CLIENT: “But the site is too black.”

ME: “Like, literally too black?”

CLIENT: “Yes. The background is too black.”

ME: “That’s not racist. That has nothing to do with race.”

CLIENT: “Phew. I can never tell with you black people, what’s offensive and what’s not.”

ME: “I’m actually Lebanese. And, yeah, that one might be a bit racist”

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4.  “These stock images are way too expensive, please just remove the watermarks in Photoshop.”

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5.  “I don’t want the navigation or links on my website to be static. I want them to move around randomly like bees all over the site so my site’s visitors have to catch them if they really want to click on to the next page. It would be really cool if they could also randomly disappear and reappear in other parts of the page, too.”

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6. “The problem with you college students is that you always expect to get paid for the work that you do.”

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7. Designed a simple web banner for their etsy shop and a few days later…

Client: “The banner looks terrible its all fuzzy and you cant read it.”

Me: “That’s odd because I’m looking at your etsy shop now and it looks great.”

Client: ”No not that one, I also had it printed into a 1.5 meter long banner to hang over my stall at the market. Looks horrible!”

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8. Client: ”Your rates are too high!  I’ll do the design myself, and then you can do the implementation.”

Me: ”Okay, that’s fine, just send me the files when you’re finished.”

Client: ”Just one question- how many centimeters is a pixel?”

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 9. “You see, I don’t know what I like, I just know what I don’t like.”

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10. “The only problem we have with the website is, when my friend loads it on his iPhone, it’s not as big as on the computer.”

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11.  “It looks like over time the submit button has begun to fade out a bit. Is it possible to upload a fresh button? I want all the buttons on my site to look new all the time.”

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12.  “Can we have some spare blank pages on the web site? Just so that we can fill it up later when we feel the need.”

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13. Client: Hey, just one final question before I send the deposit. Do you use a PC or a MAC?

Me: I use a MAC.

Client: That is a problem. Do you have access to a PC? I am not a supporter of Apple products.

Me: No, I don’t have access to a PC, but this will have little to no effect on the work itself.

Client: I am a Christian and Apple products are sinful, I do not want our website to be created by a product made by this corrupt group. You need only look at their logo, an apple with a bite taken from it. Do you not know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? If I allowed you to create my website on a MAC I would be just like Adam, taking a bite of the forbidden fruit.

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“Take my advise, destroy your mac and repent for when judgement day comes. It shall be you who is cast to hell for your sins.”

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14.  The client sent me two word documents with the same content, for me to use on the website.

ME: Both the documents have the same content. Am I missing something?

CLIENT: Use the second document. The font is smaller

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15. I had a client standing over my shoulder, watching me design a logo. After a few minutes…

CLIENT: Um… can you click faster?

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16. After the client asked specifically for cool colors…

CLIENT: Can you put some cool reds in there?

ME: Red is usually considered very warm.

ME: Any colour can be cool, with the right attitude.

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17. Client: ”Can you make the ‘About Us’ link say ‘About Us – Everyone welcome’?”

Me: “Sure, but…why?”

Client: ”I’m afraid people might not know they’re allowed to click that link.  They might think it’s private. We need them to know it’s okay for them to go there.”

Me: ”But none of the links on your site are private. Why are you concerned with that specific one?”

Client: “Good point.  You’d better add ‘Everyone welcome’ to all the links on the site.”

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18. CLIENT: Should I send the logo as jpg or jpeg?

ME: Send it wtf.

CLIENT: What’s that?

ME: I’m joking with you, send it as a png.

CLIENT: Nice try, but I’m not that stupid.

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19.  “Please email me back the file. I sent you the only copy I have.”

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20. CLIENT: Can our customers visit our website while they’re in our restaurant?

ME: Of course, they can visit the website on their smartphone or laptop. Does your restaurant have WiFi available for customers?

CLIENT: No, not yet. But maybe you can put WiFi on our website?

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Comments 24

  1. David THGM

    If a black website is racist, what would he think of a blue website? Let’s not go there.

  2. Jeff

    Great article. Every industry has its share of this type of thing, but the tech industries seem to have more than most! Fantastic site redesign by the way, I really like the new look.

    1. Web Design

      Thank you, Jeff :)

  3. Lily Bishop

    As we say in the South, bless their hearts. Thanks for brightening my morning.

  4. Biyified

    very hilarious.. LMAO

  5. Abhimanyu Rana

    Cool share. (5th was insane) :)

  6. Al

    what a great list. I love #17 :)

  7. Aj

    Great Link. Just wanted to add few more ( from my list of many ).

    Client: You said there would be a javascript banner below the logo and menu section that will show 4 – 5 banners rotating.
    Me: Yes, thats correct. But what happened.
    Client: I am looking at the first draft of the website layout (He meant the jpg draft). I have been looking at it since quiet some time now..but nothing seems to be moving.

    Client: you said you will be using a dark grey background for the website.
    Me: Yes
    Client: But I am looking at the the first set of samples that you have sent me but each one has a grey background and then a faint blue background.
    Me: Really !!! Hows that possible..
    Client: Yes..its a stupid light blue background.
    Me: R you talking about the default blue background in windows photo viewer.
    Client: I am getting another call. Would call you back in a bit.

  8. Dharmesh

    Client : I have a very good concept, and I’ll make you Partner in the project.

    Me : great, tell me about your concept

    client : create a website like facebook, but we will do this in different way ..

    me : how ?

    client : research on it,

    me : ok, how much money would you like to invest on this project ?

    client : money ?, you’ll do this for free because U R partner in the project …

    me : but what the hell will u do ?

    client : I’ll give you concept.

    me : @#$#%#$#%

  9. Anita

    These are funny, but so true! You’ll always get at least one client like these.

  10. amin

    Omg I laughed S O O O hard! number 17 is greaaaatttt :D
    last year i tried to develop a marketing website, employer said he likes to see a chat box in his website. i say ok, and after one week when we saw each other in meeting, i showed him the chat box and how it works. after my demo everything goes silent! when i saw his face i saw his eyes was like this o_O
    i said are you ok? after seconds he said, you create this chat? i said eemmmmm, yaaapppp, and what’s the problem? he said where is yahoo messenger logo? (this :D sign) i said why should i use this logo in your website?
    he said “because i want chat, you know?!, i want messenger , chat messenger, you know? oooffff, you can’t understand what i want!! :-|
    then i turned the monitor 90^CW and open the CSS file and put yahoo messenger logo in top of chat box. then show him again, then he shouted : “oooooo mmmyyyy ggoooodddd, you are geniussss, you going to haaaacccckkkkk yahooooooo ”
    then my face turns : O_o
    (sorry for bad english!)

    1. Ihsan

      Hahaha! I can’t believe this happened for real!!! With those expressions and reactions? Hehehe! Absolutely priceless!!! Really, how stupid can people be without the right knowledge..

  11. rJay

    nice man :D love it :D

  12. Web Desigm

    We all have clients like this.

  13. Web Design

    haha web design clients got to love em.

  14. maxie

    Of course, by “cool reds” he actually wanted you to put some hipster communists.

  15. Brenda

    Thanks for posting these – they are absolutely hilarious ~

  16. Lis

    Best. Article. Ever! Totally cracked me up!

  17. Sara Soueidan

    LOL I love them! some clients’ answers made me feel really bad for them! lol

  18. Rose Campbell

    These are just hilarious. When I read, “Please email me back the file. I sent you the only copy I have.” I ROTGLMAO.
    Thanks for posting!

  19. Slaze

    lol,reali cracked me up…thanks guys

  20. Guillermo Limones

    jajaja… buenos…!!!

  21. Vithul.NK

    Some Clients makes me mad. They are bargaining so much, they are thinking that web developing is an easy job like designing a business card, Really hard to convince them.

  22. Tania P.

    Cut and Pasted from Client’s Email: “If you haven’t bought the pictures, please wait. My friend really thinks I need some representation of people other than white people on my home photos. Is there any way to make any of those people in the team building photo on home page look hispanic and or black? That might do it. Thanks.”

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