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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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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
Hello Patsy - Thank you for getting in touch. You might be interested to know that I wrote a long feature article on B/F/B in 2017 for Eye magazine. It has a much fuller piece on Michael and what happened to him. You can read a small extract here: http://www.eyemagazine.com/feature/article/the-men-who-fell-to-earth
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2019 on Bentley/Farrell/Burnett at Graphic Journey Blog
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The 2019 Academy of British Cover Design Awards was unveiled recently. The result spawned a smorgasbord of good and sadly some underwhelming work. As with previous years, it is a combination of reimagining some 50s and 60s retro style work,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
Dear Emma What a lovely message to receive on this sunny Saturday morning. And for something I produced four decades ago. It is wonderful to know that the book helped trigger your own creative journey. I have met and worked with many remarkable talents over my life and for me, Justin Todd stands out as a genius. As far as I know, Justin, well into his 80s, is still at the drawing board painstakingly spilling out his magical fantasies onto paper. Best wishes Mike
Dear Emma What a lovely message to receive on this sunny Saturday morning. And for something I produced four decades ago. It is wonderful to know that the book helped trigger your own creative journey. I have met and worked with many remarkable talents over my life and for me, Justin Todd stands out as a genius. As far as I know, Justin, well into his 80s, is still at the drawing board painstakingly spilling out his magical fantasies onto paper. Best wishes Mike
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Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh Following on from his beautiful 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' (2007), Julian Schnabel brings us 'At Eternity's Gate', an intense portrait of the painter Vincent Van Gogh, played brilliantly by Willem Dafoe. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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I went to see Charlotte Rampling in Andrea Pallaoro's 'Hannah', made in 2017, but only just released in the UK. Rampling gives the most astonishing performance of her career. She goes to places that other actors would fear to tread,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
Dear Malcolm That is a tantalising story. I would be interested to know/see your design contribution to the magazine prior to Tom Wosley joining?
Dear Stef, thank you for pointing out the error, now corrected. Regards Mike
Dear Casper Thank you for your comment. I am sorry that my mistake upset you so much. I will correct it.
I was hoping it was a chainsaw Paul.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2019 on Twice bitten at Graphic Journey Blog
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I design the above paperback cover for publishers, Beautiful Books in 2008. I had the bitten corner effect die cut, and was rather pleased with the result. That is until I was in Daunt Books yesterday and spotted this on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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(Above) Post running the approval gauntlet. THE ACADEMY OF BRITISH COVER DESIGN In 2014, two notable book cover designers, Jon Gray (AKA Gray318) and Jamie Keenan, were becoming increasingly frustrated at the unsympathetic treatment received by book cover designers from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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“...publishers, for their survival, must be more wary than ever of choosing manuscripts, good or bad, that are likely to make a healthy profit at once. They will be no longer patrons of literature of many kinds. They must look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
Thank you Colin. Are you the Colin Webb of Pavilion Books back in the 70s?
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What started out to be a relatively short response post on the current position of British book cover design, has turned into a four-parter. Sorry, I went down a rabbit hole. As I will be mentioning many designers from the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Graphic Journey Blog
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Following on from my recent post, "Beware: book covers ahead!", I was alerted to Meg Reid's blog post on book cover design trends for 2019. Do read it HERE, before absorbing my take on it. Here follows some of Reid's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at Graphic Journey Blog