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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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In 2018 I wrote a four-part blog post on my view of the plight of book cover design. Its genesis, development, and current state. Just click on the book covers for access to each part. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2021 at Graphic Journey Blog
Please contact me via and I can help. Regards Mike
This is the designer, illustrator and author Marion Deuchars RDI. She is known around the world for her creative activity books for young and old alike. They are full of colour and ideas to help awaken and promote the inner... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at Graphic Journey Blog
Thank you for sharing your story about Harry. I am totally in agreement with you. Harry should have far greater recognition for the amazing contribution to the world of Alan Aldridge.
The National Theatre's internationally acclaimed production of War Horse. Paule Constable is recognised as one of the world's leading theatrical lighting designers, with shows like 'War Horse' and 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. She has won... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at Graphic Journey Blog
Hi Rosemary - How nice to hear from you. I have a few photos from Albermarle Street, but none that feature you. I can send them to you if you email me at
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2021 on Thank you. at Graphic Journey Blog
Hello Jan - I have never seen this version of the book and couldn't find an image on the web. Could you send me some images, I can then try to find something out for you. My email is
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2021 on John Gorham: Local hero at Graphic Journey Blog
To all who have dropped by over the past twelve months. May your year ahead be happy and healthy. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
The cover of Tom's first children's book to be published in 2021. Tom Gauld RDI has been amusing us with his gentle view of the world for two decades. I had the pleasure of interviewing him recently for my podcast... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
Silhouetted figures and the colour red = poverty of thought. Now on display at your local Waterstones. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
This is Isidro Ferrer. Graphic Designer, Illustrator, sculptor, humorist, and general all-round creative wizard. I love his work. Here is just a tiny fraction of his output centring on his poster series for Centro Dramatico Nacional dating back from 2006.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
I read Design Week’s feature on Penguin Creative, a department dedicated to the online design presentation of the house. To be clear, it has nothing to do with designing the covers. Penguin Creative’s Creative Director (a bit of a mouthful)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
I make no bones about this post: it’s a plug for my dear friend Georgina von Etzdorf. She is a wonderful textile designer – her use of silk jacquard, velvet and chiffon with vibrant swirls, diamonds and stars, plus splashes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
Mike Dempsey's selection of the best book jackets of 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
Hello Ron - Yes, I am happy to report that Harry is still alive and enjoying his golf. Regards Mike
At the recommendation of a friend, I watched the documentary ‘Objectified’ on Vimeo. It’s about the world of product design and the philosophy of some of the leaders in the field. With the documentary made in 2011, the array of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at Graphic Journey Blog
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
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
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
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
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