Illustrate turns 6!

illustrate-6th-birthday-1Today is a very special day for Illustrate. It’s our 6th birthday! Since 2010, when Scott’s beard was nowhere near as magnificent, we’ve been designing and building WordPress sites that grow businesses and brands in a way that no-one else can.

It’s been an interesting journey from a small bedroom 6 years ago, to our first office in Wigan when we became a limited company in December 2013, to then transitioning the agency to Cardiff over the last 3 years. We’re proud and super-happy about how far we’ve come.

So much has happened, but here are a few highlights:

1565 working days have passed since we first began (although I bet we’ve worked quite a few more than that!).
Over 110 clients that we’ve worked with.
We’ve moved offices 5 times.
Since Josh, one of our WordPress Specialists, started working here, he’s played us over 33,109 songs on Spotify… not bad at all!
We’ve grown from 1 person to an agency of 7.
There’s been 13 different Apple Macs used!
We’ve undergone 4 redesigns… and that number could go up very shortly 😉
We’ve grown 3.5 beards – Josh’s attempt last year was definitely only half a beard.
And all of this happened whilst being committed to using 1 content management system: WordPress.

It’s exciting that most of our growth has come in the last 12 months: we’ve seen an acceleration in pretty much every area of the business. What’s even more exciting is that there’s even more growth to come before the end of the year. We’ve got some super cool announcements coming over the next month and so be sure to keep your eyes peeled on here and our social media!

Of course, we wouldn’t have got here if it wasn’t for our phenomenal clients and partners who have trusted us with their websites. Thank you so much – and here’s to another great 6 years!

Scott & Kyle, back when Scott had a far less impressive beard than he does now.
Creating the board room desk for our first office, which we still have today!
The 3 directors together at our old office in The Coal Exchange, Cardiff.
Most of the team in a rare team selfie. Only Melin is missing.
Some of the team working hard this week at our new studio in Cardiff Bay.
Melin is our chief web designer (officially known as our Design Director) here at Illustrate. She's responsible for how beautiful and usable a website is and you'll usually find her deep in versions of wireframes or mockups. In the rare times that she's not passionately working away at 1am, Melin loves to immerse herself in the design community of Cardiff and is currently the host of CreativeMornings in the city. She also loves good food, going to the theatre and rearranging furniture in our studio.