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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.

Footnotes Link

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    Celikovic Ermin

    May 25, 2011 3:33 am

    I just love these cartoons.

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    Jonathan de Jong

    May 25, 2011 3:49 am

    Pretty nice stuff in the smashing style :)

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    Johan de Jong

    May 25, 2011 4:05 am

    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!”


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      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… :)

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    Matt Rittman

    May 25, 2011 5:55 am

    Haha these are great :)

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    Absolutely smashing!!

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    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 ?

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      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.

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    Jürgen Koller

    May 25, 2011 10:02 am

    Haha, the last one is the best :)

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

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    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!!

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    Jonathan Wold

    May 25, 2011 5:48 pm

    The last one was also my favorite :)!

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    I love this. Ricardo Gimenes is amazing!

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    Viken Patel

    May 25, 2011 8:30 pm

    Smashing… i love this cartoons…

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    May 25, 2011 9:53 pm

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


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