I just designed a book cover for a client that I’m quite proud of, particularly the typesetting of the title and the pairing of the script font with a sans serif font. It’s trendy and would look pretty good in my portfolio. However, my client came back and said she wants the entire title in script because it would be “prettier and more consistent.” It is a very long title. I made the revision and it looks horrible. But she loves it.
This is not the first time this has happened. I seem to attract clients who hire me as a monkey to push buttons, rather than a designer with skills and experience. Granted, this client has been one of the better ones. She listened to everything else I suggested, but not this one that really matters. Usually I just leave these types of finished projects out of my portfolio. But this was work that I really want to showcase. Plus, she’s giving me an attribution in the book that could lead to more business down the road.
I’ve already tried explaining to her why her revision is a bad idea (I used more diplomatic terms of course). No go. So, my question is, can I include my original design in my portfolio instead of her revision? I will be sending her a contract that gives me the right to use the design for my promotional purposes, but I’m guessing that refers only to the finalized design that she paid me for. Also, should I ask her to remove my attribution? Seriously, the end product is so bad I don’t want my name associated with it at this point