…designers become mere tools. Sorry tools who don’t even have those pop-up error messages. This video says it all and judging from the comments, it’s common. But can you totally blame the client, when you don’t even speak up? Did they study balance, or color theory, or typography, or design history, or iconography? No, we did.
If you come across as the expert, you’ll be treated as one. Of course there will always be the client you regret signing up with, but act the expert from the start and you increase the chances of both sides being happy. With a stubborn client, it may be satisfying to get to say “I told you so” in the end but if you kept silent, it wasn’t a job well done and it will eat at your soul. If you at least gave professional advice, then you did your best and you can blame the client all you want.