"it looks very professional".
How are you supposed to react when people say that about your actual work?
I’ve designed some stuff that’s gone out round the company late last week. Feedback is trickling in with this “it looks very professional” comment popping up a couple of times.
Bearing in mind this is my job surely it’s meant to look professional?! Am I exuding amateurish tendencies generally….???
Am I justified in poking these people in the eye?Posted 4 years agopeterfileMember
If it’s something which other people could do, but would do poorly (e.g. design) then those sort of comment seem par for the course. I think what they probably mean is “christ, that’s pretty good!”
They’re commenting from a lay perspective and are probably trying to find approving phrases but don’t have any other than “it looks very professional”.
Take it as a compliment. 🙂Posted 4 years agogeoffjSubscriber
Or more likely, folk are too unimaginative to think of anything useful to say when they actually approve. It’s worse when they say nothing IMHO.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Quite often, we have to produce material that’s designed to look less professional. “That looks really amateurish” is the highest compliment this stuff can be paid. But every so often someone isn’t sure what sort of project they’re looking at, and inadvertantly compliments a serious bit of work on its amateurishness.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
I’m struggling to see the problem. Personally I aspire to do a professional looking job when I’m being paid for it, having seen plenty of non-professional looking work carried out on a paid basis (to be honest I often do more “professional looking” stuff when not having the time restraints of a paid for job).Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Am I justified in poking these people in the eye?
what do you do? If it’s web design or photography/photoshoppery that a lot of enthusiasts/amateurs do (and some do very badly) I’d see it as positive, if you’re a brain surgeon then yeah there might be a bit of faint praise thingy going on.Posted 4 years ago
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