Mike Thorp

2:1 Ba/Hons Graphic Design

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4 screen shots from title sequence design for forthcoming film sequel 'The
Fast and the Furious 2'
2 spreads from booklet depicting street-racing culture to be handed out at
the premiere of the film 'The Fast and the Furious 2'
Poster for release of the film 'The Fast and the Furious 2' reduced down
from billboard size
1 double page spread from a booklet produced to raise awareness of dyslexia Font designed to illustrate the last ten years of dance music, produced for
the Ministry of Sound
Redesigned logo for the Ministry of Sound's ten year anniversary

Designer's statement:

I enjoy work that gives me the freedom to express myself, to innovate, to improvise, to create. I tend to work with bursts of energy turning from one project to another, though it is of importance to me that anything I create
should be seen through to completion. My work with magazines illustrates my working ethic where I ensure everything is produced to high standards both in terms of content and visual impact. I have completed my degree in graphic
design specialising in typography producing booklets, advertisements, leaflets, packaging, brochures, corporate id, direct mail etc and more recently storyboard design for title sequences. I plan to develop my traditional typography skills into the motion graphics area with a desire at some point in my career to work with a team producing film title sequences.

I have fluent skills in the print based computer programmes of Quark Xpress, Freehand and Photoshop and enjoy generating original ideas and designs and using these tools to work them through. I am continually enjoying furthering
my skills with the programmes used for motion graphics like Illustrator, Premier, Director, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and After Effects with the intention of transforming some of my print based graphics and future projects to the web or to title sequences.

A quote from Mark Twain captures my current thinking in the progression of my design work:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.

The most challenging work I have done to date is my design for a dyslexic booklet - raising awareness of the dyslexic condition by producing a booklet for schools that does not read in a linear way - demonstrating the plight of a dyslexic child whose learning methods are so different than the 'logical way' taught at school. The most exploratory of my design work would either be the promotional work for the film 'The Fast and the Furious 2' for which I used typography to depict the high speed digitalised racing culture, or my design of a font to celebrate and represent 10 years of dance music for the Ministry of Sound.

Mike Thorp

2:1 Ba/Hons Graphic Design

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