Real-Life Comic Strips for Designers

Ever earned only 25 bucks from a blood-sweat design project? Endless design revision and amendments? Scrapping whole design and start over? Get screwed by client from hell? Like it or not, everything that is mentioned above are the reality for designers.

Well, I understand it not just because I’m one of the victim. There are few illustrators who turn designers’ adventurous life into web comic strips and it will be showcased in this article to entertain us and may be, as a comfort for those who experienced familiar situation. We’ve probably come too far to quit, so why don’t take a coffee break, relax and laugh at the similar fate we share? Have fun!

Freelance Switch

Client Types
6 types of client from hell summarized in 1 comic strip.

Good Buddy
Friends never know you charge for your design service, and you never dare to tell.

Cost Options
I wonder how evil would be the grandma even if I accepted the offer?

Design Inspiration
Just because client’s mind can never be guessed with logical thinking.

Girlfriend’s Opinion
It’s even worse when years of experience are trumped by a little girl.

Cheaper Than Software
You probably didn’t hear about GIMP or Inkscape, did you?

Design Jargon
I cannot discern that he’s a client or a designer.

It Works
More surprisingly, it’s Arial.

Another Version
Best reason for why a designer shouldn’t charge by the project with flat rate and worse, without revision limit.

Reversal Alchemy
Saddest truth of the design industry.

Client Communication
Where can I get the PDF version of this client translator?

Off White
In the final stage, the client will surely decide to use the first color you put into the design.

The Brads

And he uses FrontPage!

Illogical Conclusions
You hired me to design your site, so it should be your fault.

Early Morning
This is surely ‘403 Forbidden’ by most companies.

41 Shades Of Blue
Brilliantly explained why charge by the hour is important for a design project.

New Neighbor
Some kind of guy who thinks he knows about web design.


Worst Case
This is what so-called hardcore designer.

Avoid this kind of deal whenever possible.

Sadly, this kind of boss only exist in my dream.

Tools For Fools
That’s why some designers can hardly get a girlfriend.

The Customer Is Always Right!
Often designer has to surrender to the cruel reality, no more objection!

OK/ Cancel

Experienced Designer
You have to learn to say No.

Designer’s Goal
Isn’t this the goal of CEO?

Lesson: Never have your design manager to pass the word for you.

Collaboration Spirit
It’s the contradiction of collaboration.

Design Management
I wonder if the manager can say the same thing to construction architect.

Design Vs Usability
Argument between designer and usability expert never ends.

Feedback Form
No, we are talking about winning competitor with overloaded features.

WebDesignerDepot Comic Series

The Cheapest
The mistake that most beginning designers would make.

Not Again!
Can you say the same thing to non-designer professional?

One Last Design
It’s time to get into freelance.

Multiple Personalitites
The pain of being your own boss.

The Collector
I wish I have a cousin with this job too.

Just Say It
Overreacted but he said what most designers hope to say.

The Oatmeal

How A Web Design Goes Straight To Hell
A heartbroken experience on showing how a heavenly design turns into an ultimate abomination.


We want to thank to FreelanceSwitch, The Brad, Kopozky, OK/Cancel, WebDesignerDepot and The Oatmeal for sharing all these awesomely illustrated comic strips to us. There are more comic strips to enjoy in their own site, so do pay a visit for more fun!

Besides, which comic strip did you enjoy the most? Or should I ask, how many comic strips relate to your life? We do love to hear your sincere sharing!