As part of our 20th Celebrations we are excited to have received our Fanatic Hoodies. Sam, our very talented senior designer, won our internal competition to create a 20th Anniversary badge in celebration of 20 years of creativity.
His winning design has been used on the sleeve and has made into an embroidered badge by APC Workwear, which reflects exactly Sam’s original design – we have been really pleased with the finish. We also would like to thank Sam from Fyah Fly for helping us to source the perfect hoodies as well as doing a great job of screen printing our logo onto the front and back. We all love the finished product and hope the weather doesn’t warm up too quickly so that we get more opportunities to wear these cosy tops.
Illustration as a cornerstone
Our MD Ian’s degree was in Illustration, and this has always influenced the Design team’s creative direction. Illustration is all about communicating concepts and generating ideas, both of which are vital for creating strong brands and designing materials that have a strong personality.
Whether it’s technical infographics used in financial services or classic illustration, ink drawings or 3D modelling, illustration has always featured highly in our work for over 20 years.
Creative team culture
Being the point that Fanatic first stemmed from, Design has always been a great way to bring the team together to flex their creative skills, not least with our annual Fanatic T-Shirt Competition.
Each year the whole team is given a theme to create a design around, and the winning design is decided on a blind vote and then screen printed on t-shirts for all of the team to wear.
Expert web designers
In two decades we’ve designed hundreds of websites, from slick, stunning sites for industry-leading companies to fun and engaging ecommerce sites for emerging brands – and of course, our own Fanatic website too.
Each one has benefitted from the Design team’s ability to catch a visitor’s attention instantly with bespoke visuals and hold their focus through a smooth and captivating user journey.
Adapting to 20 years of software change
Our Development team now boasts a huge breadth of skills, from .NET programming to creating advanced PHP frameworks, and is well-equipped to deal with any new software changes that come their way.
Realising the impact of UX
A key skill that our Development team has honed over the years is to harness the power of user experience (UX). Any developer can build a working website, but it takes a talented one to craft a site that takes into account all the user’s needs and creates a smooth and seamless journey built round them.
UX is always front and centre for all the websites we build, which means each one is unique and tailored to each client’s requirements.
The role of bespoke
Off-the-shelf software has always helped our Development team to create great websites without needing to reinvent the wheel each time. However, there have been times when there is no existing software that can do the job.
Digital Marketing Highlights
Evolution of the Digital department
From 2010 we were being asked if we could supply SEO for the sites we were designing and building. At that point, marketing sat outside our core skill set, so it was clear we’d need to create a completely new team.
Since its inception, the Digital department has quickly expanded and thrived, becoming one of the driving forces behind Fanatic’s full service offering and an essential resource that our clients can rely upon.
Finessing the end-to-end experience
One of the aspects we’re most proud of at Fanatic, and the thing we think our clients love the most, is our ability to manage each stage of a project from inception to completion. The process of formulating a brand idea, designing and building a website and creating the content is all done with digital marketing in mind, as it all needs to be framed by what the customer wants.
This is a process we’ve perfected at Fanatic over the years, taking our clients from just an idea to a fully-fledged brand with a strong identity and a loyal customer base.