mikesstudio

Liverpool GB April 2016
I’m a Liverpool based independent designer and artist with over 20 years experience designing for print (books, brochures, catalogues, newspapers, magazines etc), logos and small scale brands / identities. I've worked for a wide range of clients including the music industry with both independent and major labels.

Throughout the mid 90s and early 2000s I produced LP sleeves for singer songwriter Kathryn Williams, Viper Records (primarily focussed on re-issuing 70s and 80s underground Merseyside bands like The La's, The Christians, Deaf School etc), singles and an LP for Rob Heron (Liverpool's answer to Prince!), CD packaging for The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and various releases for dance music label 3 Beat. Recently I've worked for an underground electronic music label (Scenery Records) designing their identity, centre labels, social media ads etc.

Alongside my design work I'm actively engaged in Liverpool's artist community producing my own artwork (contemporary drawing, collage, photography or whatever I fancy experimenting with). In 2018 I collaborated with South Korean artist Haegue Yang producing a large scale wall mural exhibited at Tate Liverpool for Liverpool Biennial. I co-publish 'Drawing Paper' an occasional, free newspaper exploring contemporary drawing practice.

I also make experimental house and techno music under the name Bantam Lions. I've had several EP releases and in 2016 my debut LP 'Short Stories' was released for which I produced the artwork. My interest in music exposes me to some wonderful design work both contemporary and historic.

I don't work in a particular style – trends come and go – I'm more interested in bringing something unique and meaningful to each project. By combining design sensibilities with my interest in the contemporary art world I can offer something different to that of a standard graphic designer.

If you have a suitable project and think we could work well together please get in touch.
  • Art Production
  • Creative Direction
  • Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Layout Design
  • Murals
  • Painting
  • Print Design
  • Typography
mikesstudio
This large scale mural was produced in collaboration with artist Haegue Yang for Liverpool... more