Surprising to see such an immediate shutdown since they had just launched in January, without having a plan for what's next. Their work seems well executed, and the team passionate about building something cool. Here's to hoping their next project will flourish into something meaningful (and sustainable).
Too many designers, not enough clients = failure. I used it for a bit, and was part of the slack for a long time. But I never got a client, and by the end, the jobs that looked good to me were full within 10 minutes or less, I kid you not.
hopefully they find a better business plan but as is, it wasn't working for me. best of luck to the team though, they all seem like great people.
Interesting perspective, we're looking to remedy some of this @ designcue.io. Would love to hear more of your thoughts on how we can improve this space!
strange framing, but i guess shutting it all down and starting from scratch with no clear direction is a pretty big "change"
It's crazy how many people have failed with this exact same concept. Folyo (although it now has found a second life), Juiiicy, Scoutzie, and now Design Inc. It's just really hard to find the balance between designers and clients, especially when you focus on the top end of the market where work is by nature scarcer.
Folyo was wheezing heavily in the second life and now it seems completely dead.
Oh really? Maybe it can have a third life then…
Do you think its possible to maintain a top-end network with US-based designers?
Given how many people have failed at this, I suspect the underlying business model just doesn't work. Or at least, is really hard to nail down.
Yep super hard. We're trying over at www.designcue.io
Venture backed startups are hard. Pivoting early is smart when it's clear the product/service isn't working.
Seems pretty explicit that they're not shutting down - just shutting down the product they've been working on.
I follow their head of design on Youtube. He's out, so I think they're fully shutting down :/