Always an inspiration, this guy.... Been a fan since I used to steal his icons back in '97
For some reason the site design isn't doing it for me. Maybe it's the slanted text...a bit gimmicky perhaps. I thought we'd moved on from that.
But hey, what does he care? Jeffrey's a legend.
Here's his blog post about this. Addresses some of the comments here.
I guess you know you've made it when you have an option to build a site for $500,000.
and get away with a WP template lololol
More like you can't go less than $30,000.
Not sure if you've ever worked for a studio, agency, or firm before...but $500k and up isn't out of the ordinary when it comes to projects for bigger clients.
Think of it this way, if a studio/agency/firm has 10 employees (probably making an average of $85k/yr), they need to generate between $1.7-2.5 million to be profitable.
I'll give you a hint. They aren't making that $2.5 million by doing 300 small site builds per year...that would be insane.
So is Zeldman an actual studio now or would you basically be paying a premium for working with him and his freelancer/partners contact book on a project?
I always thought Zeldman did any actual web work via Happy Cog but I don't see his name on the about us page any more so perhaps that's why the new studio?
just from what I gathered from the messaging and his note on his own site, his role became largely managerial at happycog....he missed getting his hands dirty and actually working with clients and doing the design himself (or part of a team etc)
Sounds like a similar thing to SuperFriendly. You hire dan, he hires the rest.
I'm actually surprised. He has appeared to be falling into that golden age fallacy, like many of the established designer/developers I grew up following/reading/admiring who seem to be ready to ride off into the sunset out of industry exasperation.