I'm currently working for a large public university in multipurpose kind of role where I am doing IT, website management / development, and design. (In case you're wondering, this is not unusual at this institution, many departments seem to have overlapping IT and design staff.) I'm currently having a problem with the vice dean who thinks he's a graphic designer. In my role, I do a lot of brochures; and the way the process kind of works is the marketing director comes to me and says "we need a brochure that does this, for this audience, is approximate this size / length, and will be distributed by this method" and gives me a deadline. I create the brochure, we sit down and go over it together (the marketing director has an educated layman's understanding of design, she's worked with a lot of designers) we make some revisions, then the final copy goes to print.
However, right before the final copy goes to print, the vice dean of the department (who is an engineer by education) steps in and demands changes that lowers the quality of the design, often will offend the target audience, and even use pictures we don't have a legal right to use - all based on his personal preference and tastes (which, to top it off, are generally bad). Because both myself and the marketing director report to the dean, and he's basically the dean's representative and indirectly our boss. This has so far happened in (literally, 9/10) of the brochures we created. He will also sometimes get involved in the process while I am creating the design, standing over my shoulder telling me where to put things based on what he likes.
I'm getting sick of this. If he was a client, I would have dumped him a long time ago and refused to answer any of his calls. But now I'm not currently in that situation, so I'm not sure what to do. I was thinking about having a talk with the dean about his vice dean's behavior on Monday, but while the dean has consistently praised my designs and generally doesn't involve himself in the design process (he's a hand-off, "I trust your expertise", type of guy) he is also an engineer, and probably won't understand why what the vice dean is doing is completely inappropriate. What advice does Voat have for me? Have you had this experience and how have you dealt with it?