I was recently doing some posters for an old colleague, whose communications dept. later informed us that, aside from corporate colours, specific fonts, etc, they do not allow any bold or italicised type on any posters (which I though was a bit of an unnecessary restriction), and the posters must follow a specific layout. If you're just virtually filling in a template why bother hiring a designer? Why design something almost the same irrespective of the target audience/objective? What's use of having a poster for football sessions in the same layout and style as a poster to remind people not to smoke inside a building! It's a bit annoying after I've wasted my time designing posters and flyers only to be told the day before print that they must redone as per their template. Anyone come across restrictions like this? What did you do? Obviously there will often be in-house guidelines that you have to follow, but it seems like they can sometimes be too restrictive and ultimately override material that could be more successful.