About Design FX Studio

I'm a graphic and brand identity specialist with over 25 years’ experience in designing for web and print. My home-based graphic design studio in Colchester, Essex, has been providing sparkling creative design solutions to many companies, big and small, since 1993.

I’m different from other designers because I’ll immediately make you feel at ease with the design process. As your one and only point of contact, I’m here to guide you through your design or marketing project from start to finish, explaining my approach in plain English and delivering a service that’s honest, simple and always professional.

Work with a creative design studio that gets you results!

Forget sharp suits, sky-high fees and empty promises – I work closely with my clients to create unique web and print designs that add value, personality and a contemporary feel to your brand. 

I draw upon the skills of a talented collective of print, digital and marketing specialists who all have the passion and expertise to deliver exceptional results, regardless of your requirements.

 

“ Natalie is brilliant from start to finish she was there to guide me through the whole process of building a logo, website, business cards and leaflets. Without her help my business would still be an idea!

Tony Bartram , Elite Commercial Cleaning

 

When it comes to design...

I can offer agency-quality design services at very competitive prices. You'll get my undivided attention, my ability to listen and understand your exact requirements and create exactly what you're after, and my famed (and somewhat obsessive) attention to detail!

The success of Design FX has relied entirely on its incredible reputation. I can honestly say that my studio has grown almost exclusively through referrals from satisfied customers. I have developed enjoyable, long-standing relationships with my clients, many of whom have been with me since the beginning and still rely on me today.
 

When it comes to print...

I have a deep understanding of all things print and a passion for high-quality print at great prices. My knowledge of this industry spares you from any technical worries and ensures that your printed materials reach your doorstep on time and within budget. 

I have strong connections with all quality printers in the Essex area and beyond. When you choose Design FX Studio for your print design requirements, you get unrivalled, fully tailored support from a skilled print management partner who understands your vision.
 

Web it comes to the web...

My web concepts have been described as innovative. Though I do consider the layout, size and functionality of the websites I create, I am always more conscious of its overall look and feel. It’s my job to design and develop a website that effectively showcases your brand identity and gives your stakeholders everything they’re looking for. 

I have collaborated with the same developer since 2008 and we have produced many websites together throughout the last decade. It’s a finely-tuned partnership, and one that relies on the ease of communication between the both of us, and of course their ability to produce beautiful, functional websites that exceed all expectations.

 

Where it all began...

After I left school, I studied Graphic Design at the local college and gained a National Diploma. I started my career in print immediately after leaving college working as a print finisher and junior designer in Kall Kwik printing Colchester.

I gained a lot of design experience at Kall Kwik and dealt with a variety of clients, which helped to start up my own business, Artbin in 1993 (an ‘Artbin’ was my huge box of art supplies I had to carry to college every day, along with my extremely large and heavy portfolio of work!)

Over the years my client base has steadily grown and spans a broad range of industry sectors in the UK. I have worked with established International brands, as well as many local independent companies and start ups.

In July 2002 I decided the company needed a face-lift and new name (nobody knew what an Artbin was and it grew tiresome explaining every day!) At the time the word ‘FX’ was very ‘in’ – abbreviating the word ‘effects’ – so Design ‘effects’ or ‘FX’ was born! The company also became Limited at this point.

The name change and new range of services on offer (including web design) had a positive ‘effect’ on the business and I was gaining more and more new clients, mostly on a referral basis.

I have built up the trust of clients by ensuring the services provided by Design FX are always of a consistently high standard. Everyone who works with me appreciates the personal contact and effort that goes into delivering design solutions that are creative and within budget.

 

A little bit of blurb about me...

Away from design, my passions (when not hard at work glued to my iMac) are photography, enjoying the sites and cultural delights travelling around the country in our beloved caravan ‘Bubbles’, trying very hard to get fit (really trying!) at our local David Lloyd gym and entertaining friends and family of a weekend having BBQ’s and cocktail parties!

 

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