Raphael Webscapes

RW: Looking Back

Hellebores are valued for their late winter flowering period; the plants are surprisingly frost-resistant and many are evergreen.

Hellebores are valued for their late winter flowering period; the plants are surprisingly frost-resistant and many are evergreen.

18 years ago, when Raphael Webscapes was conceived, the world was a very different place. September 11 was just a date that occurred sometime after Labor Day. Bill Clinton was president of the US. The internet was starting to be interesting to the public.  There were no smart phones, tablets or even iPods. And, most definitely, there were no business models for someone who wanted to start a web design company. So we just did the best we could and, despite our lack of experience, we grew and moved to an office and then we moved to a bigger office and then we hired more designers and bought more equipment... and it was wild and crazy and fun. And such a talented group of people, making it all happen! Our portfolio blossomed and the internet became part of everyone's daily life. The competition also grew, but we continued the upward spiral until... 2009, our 10th anniversary. When the recession hit, we watched helplessly as some of our major clients and market niches began to suffer. Huge building contractors, nanny agencies, luxury retailers and many others were closing and downsizing. Fortunately,  the economy is slowly recovering and some of these businesses are too. Gratefully, here we are in 2017...   doing some of our best work ever.