I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel. My 3D des1gner stayed up all night to get through the latest round of changes from my crazy people. What he brought in today looked great. My people looked at it and started with quibbling little comments about the height of a screen or what direction the elements were facing on a shelf. I pulled them back by asking, "So, judging by the things you're picking out, am I right to think that you're basically happy with the overall design?"
"Oh, yes. It's great."
Finally! This has been the two longest weeks of my life. Our strateg1st went to the client on Monday and walked them through our approach and they said he was right on, so at least they won't be in total shock when they see the solution (I hope). I never have work dreams and last night I dreamt that I was with two of the clients and we were trying to print a banner for the p1tch. We were totally stressed about content and delivery. Which IS my next hurdle. I have to pull together content for a writer who thinks he has 6 days to work and I have to tell him we need content by EOD Friday. The standup is Thursday and we have a m1crosite, a PDF 'book' and a p1tch deck to layout before then.
Somehow people think that you hand content to a des1gner and push print and it pops right out. They have NO idea how many hours it takes to lay things out, much the less find images, create graphics and then make sure there aren't stupid typos. Grrrr... At least I'm not doing the final layout so that's a relief. I'm 'managing' so I don't have to be in the trenches.