Aug 19, 2010

Surreal Email

Over the years I've had all kinds of illustrative requests. Tonight I was up late working on a deadline due tomorrow morning, and the following email showed up in my inbox:


Strange but true illustration request.

At first I thought it was spam, followed closely by my suspicion that a friend was joking around with me, and ending with the thought of "How can anyone think this is a good idea or an appropriate solution?"

Needless to say I wasn't interested in doing these illustrations (Despite the very tempting $150 budget) and turned it down with a reply email that read:

Sarah,

This project wouldn't stimulate my interest.

Thanks.

Von

Call me a creative prude I guess.

14 comments:

Tom Smalling said...

That is one of the weirdest emails I have ever seen.

adamGF said...

haha. crazy. that will be the worst $150 ever spent (if they can find someone to do it for them!!)

kmonk said...

Wow. Why is it that that wrong people seemed to be concerned about the right issues. Besides the lack of grammar and a ridiculous budget, I am more appalled by the concept(or lack of). I really get pissed off when people try to substitute shock value for messaging. I is like trying to get someone's attention in a crowed room by yelling "fire!".

Kristin said...

Um, wow. For starters, I love reading these kinds of e-mails ("I have no budget, but this presents an excellent opportunity for YOU the designer"). But, she wants you to create a child porn alphabet? And what sort of "reference material" might that require? This is disturbing on so many levels.

Joseph said...

WOW!!!!!!

Tom Mason said...

Priceless reply Von! I've had some bad project requests but nothing this loony.

Inka Mathew said...

Looking on how she wrote the due date, she's not from US. Thus the budget too. This kind of campaign is maybe acceptable in her country??? But her "concept" will send the wrong message if anything. Your response is great.

Batzy Shop said...

OMG that is creepy and funny.
Im an illustrator and I receive very creepy and very weird requests too :p

Mark Fullerton said...

You gotta laugh! Nice response.

Jennifer Bates said...

Yikes.

Janet said...

I don't think I could have responded at all.

Arman Turgut a.k.a. Namra Turnip said...

At least it's a textbook definition of "contrast" lol.

Beth said...

Wait, you don't want to illustrate a bunch of kids doing lewd things so this lady can make a typeface out of it? Honestly! ;)

kleeks said...

At least it was more interesting and funny than those "Happy little 'how are you doing?'" little emails that are disguised Viagra and other drug ads. What is scary is why she approached you specifically?