Owner, Rich Baker, has been a graphic designer since 2002. Self-taught in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, he got his start producing advertising for his band's gigs. In 2009, while struggling with severe back pain, he was told by his physiotherapist to "either give up drumming or give up walking.", which only fuelled Rich's passion more. He decided that, if he couldn't play, he would teach. To do this, he decided to open his first business, Beat This! Drum Store, in 2010. The store was the first of it's kind on the Isle of Wight, and was a huge success. The store garnered a lot of media attention and achieved a Highly Commended award for Best New Business in the 2011 Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Every aspect of the business was undertaken solely by Rich, which was a huge learning experience and would prove invaluable down the line.
Sadly, life would become extremely difficult from 2013 onwards. Through many personal tragedies and mental health difficulties, Rich would rebuild his life. In late 2017, a decision was made that would change Rich's life forever. In the face of severe anxiety, Rich made plans to take a trip to Tokyo. He flew out on New Years Day, 2018. Spending a week in Tokyo, Rich made connections with various people, including many wrestlers that he would later go on to design for, under his Smack Talk! brand. The full story of that can be read HERE.
In the latter part of 2018, Rich realised that people only really knew that he produced wrestling based designs. He wanted to showcase more of his skillset, the various media he could produce and find more clients who could benefit from his skillset. As is the case with these things, it was late at night and an idea struck. "I wonder if there's a design company called Graphic Content?". By some strange twist of fate, there wasn't! Thus, Graphic-Content U.K. was born. In February 2019, Graphic-Content U.K. officially became a business. With an already bustling community of clients, from all walks of life, we're providing that same level of customer service, passion and attention to detail that started this journey over 17 years ago! Our client testimonials tell you more than we ever could. If we haven't worked with you yet, we very much look forward to helping you build your brand in the near future.
On a personal note, I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has supported this and all my adventures over the years. Without you, this doesn't happen! I have always said that if I can change just one person's life for the better, I could go bankrupt the next day and be happy. Thankfully, due to all of your amazing support, I have been able to change the lives of many more than one person!
Let's keep going forwards in positivity, who knows what we can achieve together!
- Rich Baker, Owner, Graphic-Content U.K.