Royal Mess-ups 😢

I needed some love :heart: from my g.d. peeps today! :pensive:

I royally screwed up today. i wasted a bunch of my co-worker’s and my time (he was helping me print a vinyl menu, in a specific font, on a 24x35" chalkboard). we cut 4 lines at a time, 20 lines total, and painstakingly picked out all the non-letter vinyl, and were just finishing up lines 17-20 when we realized we printed THE WRONG MENU! :sob: totally my bad… I sent the wrong pdf to the vinyl machine. thank goodness we caught it before tomorrow’s event.

so…in an effort to make me feel not so absolutely, horribly rotten… what were some of the major mess-ups you’ve made in you design career? please don’t say I’m the only one! :tired_face:

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Oh boy. Remember, we all make mistakes… that’s just human.

maybe this forum will cheer you up a bit…

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That’s just a typical day where I work.
The save is all in the catching it before the client sees it. I’d say you had a pretty good day.:slight_smile:

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Seems to me I’m more human than others.

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Examples of my more memorable screwups; these all got to print …

I misspelled the word ‘Professional’
I misspelled the client’s company name on artwork for an invoice
I did a calendar with Easter in November
I did an imposition for a 120 page catalogue where 2 pages got switched around - not my fault, but I didn’t spot it on the proofs

Sending the wrong version off to the printers has happened to most of us I suspect.

The examples of other things going wrong can be entertaining too; I did artwork for a large etched glass screen which took ages to get right - eventually it was done but it was dropped in the street by the delivery drivers.
Another time I sent a tube with a rolled up proof to an address in London but got the post code wrong - it was flagged by an automatic system and because it looked like a pipe bomb it was sent for ‘disposal’ by the Army. Boom. :grimacing:

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Okay. You win.

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As far as royal screw ups go, this doesn’t seem that bad. Yes, it cost you and a coworker a bunch of time – which sucks – but the error was caught before anything was delivered to the client. That calls for a celebratory drink in my book!

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I remembered another one - I sent a numbered invoice set with numbers from 10001-10500 instead of 100001-100500. Ten books triplicate NCR, perfed and bound. A lot of hand finishing as well as the printing had to be done again.

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I had Santa Clause on the OFC of a national magazine. It was ages ago and I still cannot live that down. Well, what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, one hopes.

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Nope, I’m perfect and I’ve never made a mistake. I kid, I kid. I just can’t remember anything huge lately. We all make mistakes.

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thanks all! i do feel a little better today. some of my co-workers chimed in with a few of their own major mess ups.

and i also remembered last night that my x-husband worked for a world-class telescope, and one of his co-workers dropped a 22" mirror (not a regular mirror…a mirror for the telescope) while transporting it from hawaii to oahu. $5000 mistake! :open_mouth:

so yeah, some things are definitely worse. :slight_smile:

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I only have to hear the LifeFlight helicoptor coming in for a landing at the local hospital to realize other people are having worse days than I am. Everything in perspective.

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That is very true.

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well, i work with in-house clients that work in africa, bringing clean water to villages, so single moms don’t have to spend the majority of their day looking for food and water…so, yea, gotta remember that perspective. :slight_smile:

thanks all!

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No mess up there, just a do over. Stuff happens…it’s all part of the business. Messing up would be finding out from the client.

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I typed “edition” wrong on the spine of a die stamped book that made it to print (thankfully caught before binding!) I also spelled Bristol Myers Squibb – “Meyer” like Oscar Meyer which also didn’t get caught until the book cover printed. Ultimately, the editor should have caught the typos, but I felt responsible because I was the one who did the typing. (This was early on before editors emailing copy was standard practice. Now I strictly cut and paste, no typing if I can help it.)

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