It’s clear you’ve invested so much time, honesty and hard work, and they've treated you shabbily. It’s hard to see how this will be pulled out of the fire without a disadvantage to you. (I am in a similar situation, and ruing the day I accepted this job, which was for a friend.) I can hear they didn’t have a clear image of what the project would entail or what the printed form would be. It’s very hard to work with people who are inexperienced in visual communications and have no sense of the business end of things!

I guess I’d take the money, and a lesson learned to always trust my gut. But please let your contact person know how many hours you put into the original plan, plus the changes. Sometimes that takes them aback and loosens up the purse strings. Especially if they envision working with you again. It’s all about community and keeping good relationships, is what I’ve learned. And that goes both ways. ; )

I hope you can eventually work this out so that they will pay you what they agreed to up front.

Warmest regards,


On Jul 6, 2016, at 3:19 AM, Mieke Roth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi all,
It’s been a while I wrote something on the sci-art list and most of you are celebrating the conference, so I hope do get a response. 
The last few weeks I had an assignment that was a bit out of my normal territory, or actually that was the case in the end. I was asked to make a fancy infographic. The problem was that with the data they wanted to convey a fancy infographic would do more harm than good and I told them from the start. Then after that I told them that what they wanted would cost a little bit over a 1000 euro. The person I sat in the meeting with flinched and said that that would be too much. So in my estimate I split up the assignment and they went along with the bare minimum. During the course of the weeks I went out of my way to accommodate them. Even changing the scope of the infographic because they wanted too much in it. They had a hard deadline, and I reminded them several times about that. In the end there was an infographic they agreed upon and accepted. And they agreed upon me sending the invoice.
But yesterday I got an email that her bosses didn’t accept the invoice and that this wasn’t what they agreed upon and that the price would amount for something that would last, which they think the infographic didn’t (I hope you are still with me and understand this). And that they had to change the infographic to be able to print it (a thing I only heard afterwards: I repeatedly asked how they wanted the infographic delivered on which I didn’t get a clear answer.) Now my contact person is asking if I could take something off the price. 


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