Today I attended a kickoff meeting about print collateral for a gala event (my design proposal was accepted) and it went seriously off the rails.
Because of one board member’s wife. She deliberately derailed the meeting, then questioned my ability, said in the meeting that she had the perfect piece of art to use, and suggested adding another designer to the mix.
Then she told me that I could come to her office and we’d knock out three concepts in Photoshop, and have them ready to submit to the committee by the end of the day. She said she knows nothing about putting words into design, but she knew what she wanted.
I know designing by committee is challenging… but I’ve never encountered anything quite like this. She is so full of herself and her importance to the organization, or else maybe mental… it would be an ongoing battle of wills.
I would love to do the design for the event, and I’m not a quitter… but I’m strongly leaning toward withdrawing my proposal.
Any words of wisdom?