calls it quits.
September 25, 2001 11:24 AM   Subscribe calls it quits. U.K. web design firm Deepend has decided to fire all 90 employees and liquidate assests, due to the ripple effect of the 9/11 attack. That's their excuse anyway. If most or all of their clients were air or travel related I could believe their reasoning. What do you think?
posted by catscape (11 comments total)
why not comment on it here?
posted by rorycberger at 11:52 AM on September 25, 2001

why not comment on it here?
posted by rorycberger at 11:53 AM on September 25, 2001

why not comment on it here?
posted by rorycberger at 11:53 AM on September 25, 2001

shit, sorry for the accidental triple post.
posted by rorycberger at 12:41 PM on September 25, 2001

> Deepend has been an enormous success in the Web
> design market, boasting a virtual A to Z of big UK firms
> among its clients. It has been frequently featured in
> articles ranging from the New York Times to online news
> sites and won a huge array of awards.

...and it still wasn't making money and was still dependent on the whims of "investors?" Just forget making money off web sites. Forget it, forget it, forget it! Web sites are for hobbyists with day jobs. I'd type forget it a few more times but I have to go work on my Buttercup Powerpuff fanpage.
posted by jfuller at 1:58 PM on September 25, 2001

wrong, wrong, wrong jfuller. In the past 3 years I've made a respectable $1.00 from affiliate links!

I think I still have that check somewhere.
posted by catscape at 3:54 PM on September 25, 2001

Hey, I was contacted out of the clear blue sky to have one of my random rants published in the Delorean Motor Company's quarterly magazine of all places. Got myself a check and everything out of it. And they say that there are no money-making opportunities out on the Internet. Ha!
posted by youhas at 5:07 PM on September 25, 2001

"why not comment on it here?"

maybe because he want's to start *intelligent* discourse about it?

posted by jcterminal at 5:13 PM on September 25, 2001

jfuller, I think suggesting that no one can make a successfull living off of website development is false. Maybe it's larger companies with a high amount of overhead that have the problem. I think independent people can/do make a very good living doing it.
posted by brian at 9:24 PM on September 25, 2001

Am I alone in never having heard of them, despite living in London and working in the Internet industry?
posted by kerplunk at 8:31 AM on September 26, 2001

Yes. One of the most visible firms in the country. Also probably spells the end for a couple of glossy web design magazines which heavily featured their stuff.
posted by elliot100 at 1:35 AM on September 27, 2001

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