University of California
at Santa Barbara
Computer and Electrical Engineering Department
They wanted a recruiting brochure and had been having weekly meetings about the brochure for 18 months before I was called onto the job--there were only six weeks left before the deadline of some technical conference. Okay, I said, let me see the notes from those meetings. Oops, nobody took any notes.
I had to rush through the job, and the brochure had already been laid out and the photos were already taken. The art director was completely blind to science and technology; there were many other more exciting front-edge projects going on, but he didn't care and couldn't see them. Everything was set in stone.
Oh well. I got the job done and beat the deadline.