I am an illustrator. My job is a web design and graphic design. My favorite job is to create an illustration for a children's book.
I try for two things in design, simplicity, and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.
I have never had a problem with a bad client. There is no such thing as a bad client. Part of my job is to do good work and get the client to accept it.
I think the life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design.