Hello

I am a designer with 15+ years experience in print, digital, product and experience design for brands including Quidco, Earnaway, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Autodesk, Umbra and Adbusters. I am currently working for development incubator Tipping Canoe as a Product & UX designer. I design in my spare time, working on side projects or taking on limited client work.

web design

Unified site-design

One Tipping Canoe project was to unify several consumer-focused deal content sites under a unified user interface while retaining individual brand identities.

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editorial design

Wareable (design & branding)

I designed Wareable, the authority on wearable tech news & reviews.

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app dev/design

Dew coffee discovery app

The first app I've designed and built myself, Dew is for discovering great coffee around London.

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product design

Quidco

I have been designing Quidco since early-2010. In five years I've lead several redesigns, designed of our mobile apps, animated our how-to video, produced mountains of business collateral, produced our internal newspaper, and art-directed several advertising campaigns.

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Experiments

The following projects are one-off explorations in design and coding, small standalone web apps with a purpose and built for fun.

data-visualisation
coding

IKEA expansion map (data storytelling)

The IKEA expansion map visualisation is a project inspired
by the Flowing Data Walmart growth animations, however built in html/css. As featured on Buzzfeed and Gizmodo.

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coding

London Eye (css animation)

Animated using CSS, this illustration of the iconic London Eye spins clockwise while each viewing pod spins anti-clockwise.

coding

Wishble

In development. As an further experiment into using the iTunes API, Wishble is a wish list recommnedation engine for iTunes.

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Older projects

Before there was even the iPhone I designed print products including newspapers, magazines and books (one of which I wrote).

editorial design
writing

Requires Assembly

I wrote & designed Requires Assembly to give small newsrooms a manual for designing newspapers. The outcome of my design thesis, Requires Assembly was published in 2006.

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exhibit design

OISE D&A exhibit (2007)

The Dominion Modern Museum curated an exhibit on mid-century architecture to celebrate the famous University of Toronto building. I designed an exhibit wall of 56 panels showcasing the history and present state of the building, along with marketing collateral.

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editorial design

School of Design Annual

After graduating from George Brown College, I worked with another graduate on the annual of student work.

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editorial design

School of Design at George Brown College

Between 2004 & 2006 I attended the School of Design, completing my design thesis in spring 2006 and graduating with honours.

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Say hi

Send an email to mike (at) xip.ca
or tweet @mikebarker