Who is Inkcentricity? Primarily, it is Phillip Cole, the chief designer and grunt (though geek is often how he refers to himself). Before he is more thoroughly introduced, we’ll tell about the history of what is called Inkcentricity.
In 2009, after a period of freelancing, Phillip started the in plant printing operations of Cole Farm Equipment. At first, it was just informally named, so that made it a bit hard to promote. As more services were added, it came time to make it an official branch of the company, and a real name was sought.
First up, Shiny Melon Graphics, later changed to Shiny Melon Business Solutions to be more descriptive. It’s been nearly 5 years now, and we still can’t give you a good reason we went with that name. It was quirky, and suited our style. However, all good things are subject to change, and that change came in 2016.
A new name, still unique but a little less rigid, was needed. After a lot of thought, and some staring off into space, Inkcentricity was born. We’d like to tell you the name came from how ink, and therefore printing, is central to what we are doing. We’d like to say that, and it is true, but it isn’t the real source. Inkcentricity is a take off of eccentricity. Eccentrics are know for acting outside the box, and that’s what we do.
Congratulations if you made it this far reading. Now for the person you’ll be dealing with.
Phillip Cole first found out about computer graphics in high school. He knew he wanted to be doing that after he got out of school, and pursued a degree in it after high school. The degree came in 2003, and then it was time to put the knowledge to work.
While waiting on an official job, he took on freelance work for local businesses and groups. This soon became more than just a way to earn money; he realized that there was a need for a local place to have design work done. Though it took a few years to get off the ground, it did happen, as you read (or at least scrolled through) above.
Design is only part of the reason for what he does, as designing with no purpose isn’t going to net much. Though earning money pays the bills, helping people is what he wants to do in the end. That is where the “Created for you” slogan comes in, and is actually a two-fold concept.
All of what we do is done with you in mind. There aren’t any pre-made designs that we pull of the shelf and slap your contact information into. We first talk with you to learn about your business or group, then work on a design that reflects you. That’s the business side of the slogan.
The personal side is this (I’m going to switch to first person for now): I believe that every one has a God designed purpose. We may deny it, we may run from it, but it is there. I’m not able to talk eloquently, nor am I very charismatic or leader-like. But I can take information in and redistribute it. By listening to you, I can take that information and put it into a design that others can connect with you. That is what I really like doing.