I don't think I've ever come across any designer that comes with a CBF attitude, at least ones that have been in the industry for a while.
I can see why a lot of people may see the glamour of it thinking it's all shiny Mac's and making big deals about choosing colours over a latte and stuff but firstly you need the aptitude and then there's the years of study followed with trying to break into the industry without experience then working your way up and learning ever changing skills.
The money can be shit, you need to have broad shoulders and a thick skull to deal with idiot clients and employers.
I could go on.
If we were all in for the money and had CBF attitudes we'd all be recruitment consultants or something else that exists without a point.
I do admit that in my present role that I do have a CBF attitude and they know that very well but what I give them makes them giggle like little girls, ring their palms and pee themselves with delight as I don't and wont compromise the quality of my work.
I just can't be fucked, that's all.
So many employers expect that extra pound of flesh out of designers like we do it for the fucking love of it.
Point in case is the comment my boss made about me leaving at 5pm on the dot.
"You don't like overtime do you?"
• You don't pay me after 5pm.
• If I don't come in I don't get paid.
• You don't round my wage up to the nearest £100.
No, I don't work for you for free.
I didn't come with a CBF attitude. You gave me that.
::I hated the job and the way management made decisions, so I went on holidays for three months, rediscovered fresh ideas and resigned while on leave.::
@Dan. Totally with you on that re: freelancers. I'd definitely have a different perspective if I were a business owner or a manager responsible for them.
@Scotty. lol, so besides yourself you don't know any?
I hear your pain. I've worked in a few in-house roles and they've all been pretty much the same. The common theme is they have no idea how to best use you so they think, let's just overload this f****r like a pack mule and see if he/she breaks. They were also immune to the fact that you're one person and not an entire team/design agency.
Yes mate I do. just that they didn't come with an attitude, rather it was cultured by this:
::I hear your pain. I've worked in a few in-house roles and they've all been pretty much the same. The common theme is they have no idea how to best use you so they think, let's just overload this f**r like a pack mule and see if he/she breaks. They were also immune to the fact that you're one person and not an entire team/design agency.::
BTW. You hit the nail on the head there mate. Are you in my mind or tum-tin? :D
Been having a bit of a self immersed rant on this one so apologies for that.
Didn't realise that freelancers had such a bad rep.
If that's the case I totally agree with you there.
I previously freelanced for some years and I still do but not ever coming across other freelancers I had no idea.
(We're solitary creatures.)
Kinda makes me feel pretty darn good though and sorta realise why my clients have been so loyal to me over the years.
One of my major clients calls me "The King Of The Shitty Shift" as they know they can rely on me to get a job done with a stupid deadline.
I've worked 22 hour days over Xmas and once 38 hours straight to get a job finished on deadline.
Not something I recommend as I could see rainbows an unicorns after 38 hours.
BTW. Another (Australian) client calls me "The Eternal Grom" and I don't know what they mean.