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Smashing Cartoons: May 2011


We all have our favorite client stories, embarrassing design flaws and never-ending user requests which are all just a part of what we, as designers and developers, encounter very often in our daily work routine. In this new post series on Smashing Magazine, we’d like to put some of these situations into the spotlight and discuss them with you. The cartoons are all dedicated to Web design and also have a comic twist about everything happening around the Web and latest trends.

The main character of the cartoons is Fleaty, a talented, hard-working designer with big ambitions yet not that much luck when it comes to clients. Hopefully, Fleaty will put a smile on your face and maybe remind all of us of the flaws we have, and help us finally get rid of them. The creative mind behind the Smashing Cartoons is our talented illustrator Ricardo Gimenes1.

We’ll be adding a new cartoon every week; the latest cartoon is presented on the Smashing Magazine’s sidebar as well as on the Smashing Cartoons2 page. There you will also find all previous issues of the Smashing Cartoons series for your convenience.

Fleaty’s experience in May:

Responsive Web Design Link

Smashing Cartoon #44

Mobile Design Strategy Link

Smashing Cartoon #45

Online Reading Experience Link

Smashing Cartoon #46

Smashing Cartoon #43

Web Typography Link

Smashing Cartoon #44

Tell Us Your Story! Link

Have you experienced something similar to what Fleaty has experienced? What’s your ultimate client story? Do your clients also want a responsive design with rich typography? Share your story with us in the comment section below!

For previous cartoons, check our Smashing Cartoons Archive3.

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  1. 1

    Celikovic Ermin

    May 25, 2011 3:33 am

    I just love these cartoons.

  2. 2

    Jonathan de Jong

    May 25, 2011 3:49 am

    Pretty nice stuff in the smashing style :)

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  4. 4

    Great comics! Especially the last one, since that reminds me of a case I had;

    Client wants a website, we give a quote and client accepts.
    Website is done, client wants extra feature… we give quote, client accepts, we build.
    Feature is done, client wants a “small” change… we quote, client accepts, we build…
    (do this times “a lot”)
    We send bill… client: “That is not what I signed for at the first quote? I’m not gonna pay THAT!”


    • 5

      It’s shameful companies act this way, but they need educating “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”.

  5. 6

    I like the last one very much! Great!

  6. 7

    Really great :)

  7. 8

    Great! From real life!

    I like a font cartoon. :)

  8. 9

    Ugh. If only these weren’t so true…
    Great work guys!

  9. 10

    nice and totally amazing cartoons…I laugh sometimes… :)

  10. 11

    Haha these are great :)

  11. 12

    Absolutely smashing!!

  12. 13

    Moritz Gießmann

    May 25, 2011 6:53 am

    Uhm, boring! I am sorry to say that, but didn’t we all read the same storys hundreds of times on clients from hell etc. etc. etc ?

    • 14

      haha, I’m glad someone had the balls to say it.

      Yeah, for every designer complaining about their clients – there are 10 clients complaining about their designers.

  13. 15

    Haha, the last one is the best :)

  14. 16

    I also found this boring. Not even funny, just reused old jokes and not done that well.

  15. 17

    the single most annoying complaint, it looks massive on my screen not like yours at all, go to screen tea set 1024×768 when it should 1920×1200… Client ah much better!

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    Wendy Cockcroft

    May 25, 2011 3:01 pm

    “Why don’t we just use Tahoma?”

    Oh, that one!!

  17. 19

    The last one was also my favorite :)!

  18. 20

    I love this. Ricardo Gimenes is amazing!

  19. 21

    Smashing… i love this cartoons…

  20. 22

    Great illustrative style. I’d have to also say I relate the most to the last scenario. Thanks for sharing.

  21. 23

    Good illustrations. I like all of them. :)

  22. 24

    Beautiful your cartoons, congrats!

    • 25

      Wonderful! I’ve just sketched one more very fast on my desktop notebook (paper)…

      I’d be happy to just scan and share it…

      It’s me as a “webmaster”, very little, on a huuuge desk with a loooot of different monitors and labtops and mobile phone saying “of course, I can manage your website on “all” devices”…

      You can use the idea if you want ;) Must already exist anyway… And maybe it’s more efficient in the comics above.

      Thank you Smashing Magazine for all the wonderful content you’re publishing every day!

      Back to work…

  23. 26

    António Cardoso

    May 26, 2011 7:05 am

    It’s live :)
    Very nice article

  24. 27

    Love it! Can you tell me the name of the font you’re using with the cartoons? Or is the font custom? Thanks!!

  25. 29

    i am new here, wish you a happy day

  26. 30

    Great cartoons. The second one is really hilarious :)

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    Denn Rodriguez

    May 27, 2011 6:37 am

    This are so funny and so sad at the same time. I experience some of these on a weekly basis. :(

  28. 32

    Not going to lie… every time I see Fleaty, I think it’s an ad.

  29. 33

    Love the Fleaty’s wrkin pose .. “codin, codin codin .. ” :-) humorous..

  30. 34

    I like the last one!

  31. 35

    ha ha. Also do one about “one more thing” that requires and entire redesign of the website.

  32. 36

    nice no

    Just use arial :D

  33. 37

    Masoud Garousian

    May 28, 2011 8:02 pm

    As always great!
    But I think, it would be a more effective illustration if we have used a more pure illustrative approach instead having too much “dialogs”..

  34. 38

    Haven’t you read anything funnier? For me it is as amusing as “slipping on banana peel”.
    And, be honest:
    1. Do you all invent new web design techniques that everyone copies after seeing it on css gallery, where you of course are?
    2. Do you think that having all of Apple’s gadgets makes you a good programmers? You are rather Apple fanboys :)

  35. 39

    Great cartoons!
    I like last one.
    Same story with me.

  36. 40

    The mobile design strategy one reminds me so much of my current job, haha. I’m going to print it out and hang it on the wall!

  37. 41

    Ahaha! I am a designer and I know really well how all the Typographic Beauty is lost in my client browser…Sigh!

  38. 42

    it’s real??
    i mean, thats a real life of web designer..

    i just love it.

  39. 43

    I had an really stupid client, he wanted an fresh, young design, i created that with nice color, but he isnt liked, he send me poor colors. I recreated the design, and he said me: What are these colours? Looks like sh*t!

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    Hayavadhan Murali

    June 8, 2011 3:37 am

    Web typography is really good.. ha ha :-D

  41. 45

    Should at least say it looks crappy on IE and not XP. – just sayin.

  42. 46

    The client: “I want this sign up form to ask for more info”.
    Me: “OK, can do!”.
    Coding, coding, coding… Validates. Semantic. Vertical Rhythm. Best Practices. Native widget rendering…
    Me: “There”.
    The client: Changes, changes, changes.
    Coding coding coding
    Me: “Here you go, done by your specs!”.
    The client: “My girlfriend says it’s unusable and too long!”

  43. 47

    Yeap, why don’t you simply used TAHOMA :) Love it

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    August 2, 2011 12:02 pm

    Great work . I love it …

  45. 49

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  46. 50

    This post could not be more right on

  47. 51

    Admirable piece of writing..


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