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Mike Dempsey
My name is Mike Dempsey. I have been a graphic designer for more years than I care to remember.
Interests: Living
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Hello Chris I haven’t seen Ken for around 30years or more. He had his own set up for a while but that doesn’t seem to show on the web. Sadly I can’t help you. Do give my regards to Glyn. I hope he is well. Regards Mike
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
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David Gentleman RDI. Photo by © Antonio Olmos David Gentleman has long been a hero of mine ever since the nursery slopes of my design career. His all-round ability as illustrator, designer, engraver and writer is breathtaking. For me on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
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The Movement Cafe, 25 years in the making. The Royal Designer and artist Morag Myerscough's convoluted, 25-year journey to the creation of her now well known tempory structures is a fascinating one. I recorded this RDInsights interview with her just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
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Following on from her Oscar-nominated Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig has adapted and directed Louisa May Alcott’s classic American novel Little Women. The production is on an entirely different scale to Gerwig’s early films. This has a huge cast of characters,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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After sharing a slice of life through the eyes of Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You last week, with his uncanny ability to hold up a mirror to the ‘have-nots’ in our society, my latest film experience was far removed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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1981 Back in 1981, I bought Bob Gill's book. Not only did I love it, but I loved the cover even more. Full of American directness and chutzpah and could easily be a headline from a Madison Avenue Ad agency.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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An occasional series linking past design thinking with the present, without comment. Past 1978 Present 2019 Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
Well spotted Norman. I should have noticed the incorrect typeface used in white over the image. It should be Franklin Gothic Bold. I have now replaced it with Frank Bellamy illustrated cover that did run in 1972.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2019 on Then & Now at Graphic Journey Blog
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The now, not so occasional series linking past design thinking with the present, without comment. Past 1972 Present 2019 Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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An occasional series linking past design thinking with the present, without comment. Past 1979 Present 2019 Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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An occasional series linking past design thinking with the present, without comment. Past 1965 Present 2019 Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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An occasional series linking past design thinking with the present, without comment. Past 1978 Present 2019 Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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It amazes me at just how often trailers can put you off a film. I caught one for the 'The Farewell' last week at my local, and in those three minutes of a smorgasbord of scenes it alluded to a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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Noma Bar’s beautiful 2017 hardback edition of The Handmaid's Tale with its blind embossed type. The Testaments: probably the most eagerly anticipated book since – well, the last Harry Potter? Anyway, more about this later. This is one of my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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Have you noticed how the alternative world of food packaging? By alternative, I mean all the new-fangled drinks now available to replace cow’s milk. The 1950s when all school children had their daily bottle of milk. When I was a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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Being able to draw is one of the most beautiful and useful gifts to possess. All you need is the back of a discarded envelope, a pencil and your imagination. No need for power, Wi-Fi or a laptop – perhaps... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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I first visited Japan three years ago. I was entranced by everything about it. For a designer, it is an inspiration. So, when the opportunity arose again, there was only one answer: when can we go? The delightful ANA flight... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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From the opening of this film you are propelled into the vibrant world of its main protagonists, three pre-teenage mixed race brothers. Their energy is palpable, so skilfully and beautifully captured by the handheld 16mm cinematography of Zack Mulligan, echoing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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"You must go and see Eighth Grade, in fact, every dad with a teenaged daughter should go and see it", said my daughter. So, ever the interested and dutiful father I did. Sitting comfortably in my local cinema, the lights... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
Email it to me at mike@studiodempsey.co.uk
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2019 on Bentley/Farrell/Burnett at Graphic Journey Blog
Hello Molly - Yes please do, I'd be interested to see it.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2019 on Bentley/Farrell/Burnett at Graphic Journey Blog
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Trying to recall my feelings about a film I first saw some 48 years ago is a little tricky. I was 26 at the time and around six years into what would develop into a lifelong passion for serious cinema.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog