Fast 15: Dylan Trichell

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Class of 2021 Dylan Trichell Founder/Owner Faytown Designs

Dylan Trichell didn’t waste much time transitioning from freelance engineer to full-time entrepreneur.

A Springdale native, Trichell founded Faytown Designs in 2017 during his sophomore year studying at the University of Arkansas. He earned a mechanical engineering degree in May 2020 and continues to grow the business.

He describes the company as an integration of the artistic, creative and functional sides of engineering.

Faytown Designs started by creating goods for other small- to medium-sized businesses but now also develops and sells its designs, primarily through online store Etsy. The company’s services include personalized goods, laser etching, screen printing and manufacturing. Trichell manages the process, coordinating between freelance designers, manufacturers and clients.

Last year, revenue totaled about $90,000. Trichell said that number was eclipsed this year by the end of March. By continually adding new product lines, the company’s revenue goal in 2021 is $1 million.

“The guy is beyond obsessed and works his tail off to make [the business] successful,” said Mark Zweig, executive-in-residence teaching entrepreneurship at the UA and a mentor to Trichell. “He is a planner. But he also knows how to get things done. I have complete faith in him and cannot wait to see everything he does in the future.”

Producing fidget spinners as a college freshman — before they became a national fad — was Trichell’s first business venture. With two employees and two 3D printers, he designed, prototyped and sold new designs to stores at wholesale. Eventually, to get rid of inventory at the middle of the fad’s decline, Trichell cleared the final 100 pieces by selling to local firework stands. Combined, he sold less than $5,000 worth of products.

After the fidget spinner success, clients started seeking Trichell out for product design and prototyping services. The more freelance work he did eventually led to forming an LLC for Faytown Designs.

Trichell, who volunteered at the Northwest Arkansas Fab Lab while in college, said he wants Faytown Designs to eventually act as a support unit to help other small businesses succeed by offering various a la carte services.