This company didn't pay their web designer, look what happened...(

over 9 years ago from Jordan Bowman, Web Designer + Engineer

  • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 9 years ago

    The amount of time, energy and effort spent on this campaign could probably have been spent working on another contract that would help offset the debt they're owed.

    I fully understand the frustration, but it's just not worth it. No one wins in these situations. Don't get me wrong, I'm on the designer's side, but I know from experience that there is very little you can do to make someone pay once they've decided they're not going to.

    Going on a public quest for revenge is also not going to help them in court, if they ever take it that far.

    The healthiest thing to do is to learn from their mistakes and move on. If they really think about it, I'm sure there are some things they could have done differently to prevent this situation from happening. 50% commencement fee, hard fee milestones, etc.

    4 points
    • Account deleted over 9 years ago

      I’m not saying what they did is right, but they just bought a domain and swapped some text nodes on the current Durated website with different content, so it’s not like it cost them a lot of effort to get this up. If this ends up getting them their money without jeopardizing their reputation going forward, then it was probably worth it for them.

      10 points
      • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 9 years ago

        It's not just about the technical side. I'm sure it didn't take long to put the site up there, but all the energy and time spent on coming up with what to do, being angry at what happened, continuing to spread the word,'s not just launching a site and then forgetting about it.

        Again, I'm on their side, the client should definitely pay. I just don't think they ever will, and in that case all this effort is pointless.

        0 points
    • Pavel Rebrov, over 9 years ago

      Some might call sucking in it up. And revenge is always sweet, especially if you're young and passionate and don't have a cold-blooded account director in your team for balance. So no wonder these stories are actually quite common.

      0 points