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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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Thank you for your kind words, Paul. You might be interested to read a wider feature on Harry Willock in the latest edition of 'Eye' Magazine issue 103. I spoke to the still living members of INK Studios and other art directors who knew Harry well and were aware of Harry's major contribution to Aldridge's work.
Marina Willer RDI Photo Pentagram I recently interviewed the talented graphic designer and filmmaker Marina Willer RDI. She has recently celebrated ten years as a Pentagram partner at their London studio. It was the much-loved Tate Gallery identity project, designed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Graphic Journey Blog
Thank you Ginny, that's nice to hear. Regards Mike
This is Simon Esterson RDI, art director, co-owner and publisher of Eye magazine. It has gained a reputation as the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal. It recently published its 102nd edition since its launch in 1990. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2022 at Graphic Journey Blog
Dear Graham I suggest you contact The buy graphic books and ephemera etc. Regards Mike
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2022 on John Gorham: Local hero at Graphic Journey Blog
An ad popped up in my email yesterday: This is what it said... Thousands of free book cover templates. No design skills needed! Followed by “Are you stuck trying to make a book cover design for your fantastic thriller, romantic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2022 at Graphic Journey Blog
Royal Mail has issued a set of 6 stamps featuring original designs from their archive by David Gentlemen RDI. They are in celebration his outstanding contribution to the development of modern British stamp design from the 1960s to the present.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2022 at Graphic Journey Blog
Keith Cunningham in the late 1960s, courtesy Bobby Hillson Back in 2001, I interviewed the graphic designer Keith Cunningham as part of a series I was working on for Design Week magazine. During the time I spent with Cunningham, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2022 at Graphic Journey Blog
Thank you for your comments Peter. If you look at their overall body of work it is clear that the springboard for inspiration came from Art Deco, Egyptian Style with moments of Art Nouveau. It became their visual identity.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2022 on Bentley/Farrell/Burnett at Graphic Journey Blog
To all my readers and passers-by, have a very safe time wherever you may be. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2021 at Graphic Journey Blog
That is very kind of you to say Jeff. Thank you. Regards Mike
Nicholas Thirkell 1942 - 2021 The sad news came earlier this month of the death of Nicholas Thirkell, my old business partner, colleague and friend. I’d known him since the late 1960s, when we were both art directors in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2021 at Graphic Journey Blog
It was hand-drawn by Herb Lubalin for Lou Dorfsman at CBS TV in the 1960s.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2021 on What a beauty at Graphic Journey Blog
Thank you Steve.
It’s clear that most books covers, both hardback and paperback, are typographical these days, mostly over an abstract or decorative background. The type tends to be large so that you can read the title at matchbox size on Amazon. In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2021 at Graphic Journey Blog
This is Jenny Frean RDI, the award-winning British textile designer. I had the great pleasure of recording an interview with her last month about her life and work. It's a delightful story. Here is a tiny sampling of her work.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2021 at Graphic Journey Blog
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