learn design at the college, but what is the cause from which you
are intrested in a design?
Mike-My college was ok, i failed my final
HND in Newcastle because i did'nt conform to there idea of a Graphic
Designer. I have always mainly designed with myself in mind first
+ foremost. My time at The Designers Republic was superb and it was
there that i was allowed to follow my own path. The answer i think
would be that the reason i am interested in design is, to further
my very personal take on design.
g11-What is a design for you?
I think this question is simple, but the most difficult for all designers.
Mike-Something that invokes an emotional response from the
g11-What are you inspired from?
Mike-Absolutely nothing from design books/designers
+ everything from the world around me.
g11-What are you interested in right
Mike-The various effects achieved from
printing various coloured inks, in different orders on paper. I love
g11-What is your favorite website? and
Because it is useful.
g11-Is there any country you want to
visit? and Why?
Mike-Brazil, for Oscar Neimeyer's architecture.
Japan, because at The Designers Republic Japanese culture was a big
influence on the studio, I think that it would be good to see/experience
it for real.
g11-Do you want to work in other country?
Mike-No. England for me is home. There
is so much going on here [London], Design/Culture/Music/Art. I was
born in North Yorkshire [North England], which is so beautiful, my
family all live there, and i think i would miss them too much if i
moved to a different counrty.
did you shot artworks in a monitor?
I like the feel of the image that shot monitor, scanning line, because
I can feel something like an electrical motion from that. Is there
something relationship between to shoot monitor and you are a modernist?
Mike-I like the idea of displaying my
work in different ways [Trinitron, Multiscan E500 as canvas]. Also
in this case i think the monitor adds something to the work. I also
really like the immediacy of the digital camera, it allows the user
to try something and use it or discard it quickly. I also think that
showing work that has been generated on a computer tends to be perfect,
i think that using the camera [in this case] adds in a degradation
to the image that mimics printed work. Print has a quality that you
will never get on screen/the internet. The camera adds a human element
[almost like taking a snapshot of something you like, in order to
show it to someone else], it adds warmth. The human touch.
g11-I got the impression that the computer
like video games have some infuluence on your work. How do you think
Mike-I see the computer as a tool, fullstop.
g11-Finally, Can you explain about the
plan for your future?
Mike-Keep producing good design, Make
Build■ a successful/innovative design studio, Travel more, Be a good
husband to Nicola, Start a family, Go to Yorkshire more, Keep my hair
short, Buy a mint condition last 17 Star Wars■, EV-9D9■, Buy two Sphynx
cats + An English Bull Terrier, Make some music, Buy more Hip-Hop
and Enjoy myself doing all of the above!
g11-Do you have any proposal or opinion
Mike-Design is for life.
g11-Thank you for your time, mike.