The fifth edition of the Diary of a Maniac Designer has a new cover and a new foreword by the author where she explains what happened to the book’s characters over the past 13 years and how her view of the designer’s daily work has changed.
The design commission always has three components: the task, the client and the fee. Ideally, the task is interesting and inspiring, the client is nice and pleasant and the pay is generous. In reality, for a designer to be happy only two of these components must be present.
It means that you can take up a tremendously exciting task for a very charming person even if they don’t have much money. Or you can make a heap of boring work for a nice client who pays handsomely. Or complete an interesting task for a total schmuck of a client for a very-very hefty pay.
And on the contrary: no pile of money will be you consolation if the task makes you feel down and the customer is disgusting. And so on."
From the chapter To Take or Not to Take