Desperately seeking CSS

Tired of hearing us complain about Kumquat? So are we!
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Quit being part of the problem.

Here’s the gig description from 37signals, craigslist, and hypocritical.

We were going to try to make this gig post cute and pithy. But the fact of the matter is we’re tired. Sick and tired. Sick and tired and slightly perturbed. We’re in love with our idea and in hate with the current CSS. It—to put it bluntly—sucks. (If you don’t believe us, ask our developer.) We would much rather it didn’t. So, if you write elegant, standards-based CSS and have an eye for design, we could use your help.

Feel free to take advantage of our desperation. The right person can work where they want, when they want, for whatever price they want. We’re tired of sucking, so the most timely, qualified response gets the gig.

Please send any sites of which you’re especially proud to rick at returncorp dot com.

Are you someone? Do you know someone? Please put us out of our misery.

Say you read about it on More than a living and we’ll put you on the top of the pile. (Even though we’ve made that same promise to everyone else on every other post, we really mean it here.) You were always my favorite.

About Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup community. Founder and editor at Silicon Florist. Cofounder and general manager at PIE. Follow me on Twitter: @turoczy
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16 Responses to Desperately seeking CSS

  1. Nirav Sheth says:

    We would be happy to work on the CSS for you. Thats actually our niche in this web market. We focus on UI design and creating beautiful CSS. I’ll send your team our portfolio shortly..

  2. Mark Otto says:

    I’d like to think I’m CSS savvy ;). Check out my home page, my blog, or my flickr.

  3. Rick Turoczy says:

    Hey Mark,

    Thanks for your interest.

    I’m getting a 404 on your contact page. Would you mind firing a message to me (rick at returncorp dot com) with your contact information?

    I’ll add your name to the list.

  4. Fouad Masoud says:

    hello there, i think you were calling for me 🙂

  5. Hello Rick,

    I’ve just sent you an email about this.

    Bye bye,


  6. paul says:

    Why hate?

    CSS is just misunderstood, it doesn’t suck, it’s just that certain browsers just can’t maintain a meaningful relationship with it.

    With a little understanding, communication and comprimise you too, can have a long, happy relationship with it.

  7. Rick Turoczy says:


    Since you commented here with a note similar to the one in email, I’ll cut and paste the reply that I sent you here, as well.


    Um. I think there’s a misunderstanding here. Maybe several.

    I don’t know where you got that I think CSS sucks. I thought I was pretty clear that I think the CURRENT CSS sitting in my grimy little hand sucks. I think this style sheet that someone sold me is worthless.

    That’s why I’m trying to hire someone to build a new one. Not fix the old sucky one. Build a new one. From scratch. Someone who understands why the word “cascade” is part of the acronym, and who understands the value of standards-based coding.

    I honestly don’t think anyone could improve my appreciation, love, and admiration for the capabilities of well-constructed CSS.

    I’m sorry you perceived the gig posting as such. But I really appreciate your taking the time to call me on what you assumed to be a malicious slam.

    I’m on your side, brother. Peace.

    Take care,

  8. John Peele says:


    We can help.
    We do not suck. We are suck-less.
    We love CSS, just like you do.
    We are very elegant. View source if you like, we aren’t afraid.
    We have an eye for design first and foremost.

    Let us help.
    You have a cool name.
    We have a cool name.
    This is a relationship just waiting to happen.

    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Love the blog by the way…

  9. Fouad Masoud says:

    well i don’t have an online portfolio yet, still i make my living through XHTMLing/CSSing designs.
    hope u take me into consideration, plus my prices are very very affordable, the quality is guaranteed, payment is after delivery, and if somehow u don’t like my work then please don’t pay me…
    working with u would be enough for me 😀

  10. seaofclouds says:

    hey there –

    we’d like to help you out!

    please take a look at some of our live work at:,, and we know xhtml, css and javascript, and have been sucked into the world of ruby, if that’s a help too!


  11. Eric Carroll says:

    I’d be interested in helping out if you still have the need.

  12. Fouad Masoud says:

    i really should be saying this!
    but, Eric Carroll ur site is gr8 man 😀

  13. Eric Carroll says:

    Fouad, thanks for the kind words.

    Rick, if nothing else, I would be interested in being involved with the beta (or alpha). Either way, I look forward to seeing what happens.

  14. Rick Turoczy says:

    Thanks, everyone, for the responses. We’re working to make our selection and hope to have a decision soon.

    @Eric Carroll: Be careful what you wish for. 😉 We appreciate the offer and will definitely get you into the early queue.

  15. Eric Carroll says:

    Oh, good, that means, I can quit blogging in your comment system, then 😉

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