"I really thought it would look...different.." the client on the other end bemoans. "And users really seem confused by where we put the login..."
This was ALL per their request. The login, the layout, everything they HAD TO HAVE. You protested gently, but hey you have to eat and it's their funeral..er website.
But you knew that they didn't know what they were asking for, you knew people aren't born knowing what their website needs, and everyone tells them they have to be. Unfortunately User Interface decisions are not fake it until you make it for most people.
And when their website failed, you became the scapegoat..er code monkey. Because of the precious EXPENSIVE project hours they spent on making, and remaking, decisions that really bring very little value to anyone in the long haul.