You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! (Crazy Job Requests Part 2)
By Heidi Tolliver-Walker on August 20th, 2013
Thanks to everyone who posted their own stories alongside those I shared last week from the LinkedIn Print Production Professionals discussion group. Here are a few more hilarious stories. Keep yours coming, too!
While working with a client on an artwork for a well known drinks brand, I had the challenge of trying to make their brand orange colour out of CMYK. As it was an advert insert there was no option of using a spot colour. Obviously it was a bit muddy and not very vibrant but I was happy that it was the best of a bad situation. Client wasn’t and wanted to change it.
Client: “Can we add more yellow?”
Me: “The colour has 100% yellow in it.”
Client: “But its not orange enough, can we make it more orange?”
Me: “We can only use yellow and magenta to make the orange.”
Client: “Okay, can we add more magenta?”
Me: “We could, but the colour will be too red.”
Client: “Okay, then can we add more yellow as well to balance it?”
Me: “Te colour already has 100% yellow, we can’t add any more.”
Client: “Why not, we need to add more yellow!”
Me: “But we already have 100% yellow.”
Client: “Okay, but can we make it more orange?”
That was an interesting evening.
— Jim Wiseman (Create@EC1 LLP, London)
Have you heard the one about the job I printed on the plastic stock NYCMetro cards are printed on? Stock sat at the printers waiting for endless client changes just building up static electricity. Pressman had to wear copper wire bracelets and press was wired in copper wires. One pressman got tossed across the pressroom when he went to load stock into the press.
— Ina West (insideout Advertising, New York City)
“I don’t want grey. I’m looking for more of a light black.”
— Dave Flach (Bassett Printing Corporation, Atlanta)
Back in the day, I received a disk from an art department via our sales person. The creative department let me know that the fonts where not included. I instructed the sales person to call the client and ask them to forward on the fonts. After talking to the client, he came to me and said the fonts where in the document, probably near the end of the last page… and yes he was serious.
— John Brogan Jr. (Great Expectations Marketing, New York City)
What are your stories? Please keep the party going . . . share below!