I was working on a brief which required designing a Christmas charity bash dinner menu, for a 4 star hotel up the road from me, I had a free rein of the overall design which the menu needed a revamp from last year's tired looking version. Because the hotel being a upmarket 4 star type, I made the design elegant and classic looking going for a Christmas theme using wintry colours like gold with burgundy plus the only one serif font type to minimise cluttering the whole look of the menu. When I presented the proof to the client (or I thought he was) and he loved the look of it then took it away telling me he will get back to me later on for how many copies etc. That was a fortnight ago, I contacted them a few times to try chasing them up but to be told they'll get back to me in time. Today this same guy returned, with a sheepish look on his face, which he told me his boss would rather to go with the other design rather than mine then I was handed with the guy's boss's preferred choice. My god, I was horrified. The alternative design looked like something out of Publisher slapped with tacky clip art plus Comic Sans font everywhere which a designer's services, like myself, won't be necessary! The embarrassed looking guy said his boss insisted on this awful design instead of mine and I thought to myself "WTF?! It's a 4 star hotel not a youth hostel!" Being a professional, I did not say a word or kick up a fuss I just went to print off hundreds of copies of this mess of a menu. Though I wasted my time focusing on this brief however I was fully paid for my troubles even though they went with their own design in the end! Some people don't know the meaning of design when it hits them on the head and have no taste at all.