It's odd that they would dismiss the time you've spent on something and then spend some more on top of that on stock imagery. It sounds like they had already made their mind up about it before you even showed them or maybe a gap in the interpretation of the brief.
I'd just add to some of the suggestions already made ... as long as you have and can maintain good dialogue, maybe you can get to the bottom of the issue and get a chance to figure out what's going on. It might be simply that they're overworked and gone for the easier option - because 'that's what the client wants' or maybe they're out of their depth.
Try and talk to the designer/s to see where they think you are - it might give you some clues to whether they know what they are on about. I've seen a few good designers just check out because they are over the work place, maybe been there too long and are over arguing with management (maybe in your case 'going into bat' for your ideas).
Besides your issues with the designers, what is your work place like? Do they treat you well? Do they have your backs or is it all one way traffic?
know theres the 'grown up' way to work through things and try and change studio culture for the better, but in real life terms, run , run somewhere else as fast as you can before you spend the next 3 months trying to convince yourself that things are going to change , and if you work harder and better that people around you will notice, and you'll get to the end of the year and realise what a waste of energy and effort it was. Put that effort into finding a new place before your folio has a year gap and you have to explain to yourself why you stayed in a toxic environenment. Might not be the 'grown up' work through things but at least you not gonna regret wasting time.
I'm tending to agree with what CAMOR is saying here.
If all the designers there have that "couldn't give a f*ck" attitude then maybe it's time to wonder why.
Maybe that's what happens to the designers who've stayed in that environment for too long?
Do you want that to happen to you?
I once worked in a studio cranking newspaper ad's out and on a slow day I decided to design a client a top smart ad to replace their starburst heavy (you know the thing) type ad and did them a really nice job.
I got the feedback: "but it looks too good".
I left shortly after that.
Sometimes you just have to realise that you just can't turn the tide by yourself.
Sounds like you are the kind of designer who's work is very important to them and maybe this place isn't right for you.
Scotty, Camor, Timbug, Cheli, and everyone else who has taken the time to add their 2 cents, I can't say how much it is appreciated!
So I'm glad you found my threads name funny, I'm also glad you guys all got it :P
So the update is, that it's now week 2 of my never ending struggle and there has been no progress made and now I have a new question!
So I was hired a designer, (print) now I would say that I am doing very little print ... my day to day is digital and front end. Now my question is if I'm hired as a designer but I'm also doing Front end should I be getting paid more?
::So I was hired a designer, (print) now I would say that I am doing very little print ... my day to day is digital and front end. Now my question is if I'm hired as a designer but I'm also doing Front end should I be getting paid more?::
Been there CZ.
In fairness, if you're doing more than you were hired to do than your salary should reflect that in an ideal world.
Pretty much every (in-house) job I've had has been the same so I know where you're coming from.
I was employed by a international greetings/gift company as a Designer but I was soon illustrating, product designing plus LOADS more and even conceived and designed product ranges from idea (mine) to product that made the company millions.
In the six years I was there I only managed to claw my salary from a pitiful £19k to £21.5k and earn the title of Senior Designer/Illustrator despite speaking to them many times about it.
To put that into perspective, I see a lot of graduate roles advertised at £22k.
Not trying to look hard done by or a victim here. Just trying to give an example that some employers wont budge even if it means losing an employee that was a big benefit to the company.
It does sound like you need to move on as I'd doubt from what you've said that you will be able to change things.
I suggest you could go to them and point this matter out of changing job role and renumeration to see what their reaction is just to get a feel of where they're coming from if nothing else.
Maybe this will confirm what you feel about the company and make your mind up.
However, I'd avoid being hasty and making decisions you might regret and try to make a plan.
Get your portfolio together and start looking elsewhere.
If you can try to leave on good terms and don't let it get to the point where you are burning bridges like I do. O_o
BTW. It was me that spotted the Clash connection!
Not them. Just me.
I deserve ALL the credit here. ;)
Had a meeting today with the studio manager and lets just say that we were completely on the wrong page. I talked about adding more care and quality to the work we produce and all I got in response was that they are not interested in winning awards and that deadlines are to tight for that kind of thing...
I don't understand how they misinterpreted adding care and thought for awards? So I'm out! They have absolutely no regard for the quality of the work they produce!