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Mike is a [symple_highlight color=”blue”]designer[/symple_highlight], [symple_highlight color=”green”]media producer[/symple_highlight], and [symple_highlight color=”red”]educator[/symple_highlight] from Toronto, Canada

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Areas of Expertise

Graphic Design, Websites, Blogs, WordPress, Video and Motion Graphics, Sound and Music Production, Writing
Teaching and Training, English Language Instruction, Computer Technology (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android)


  • University of Toronto – Certificate in E-Learning – September 2015 – 2016/2017
    • E-Learning Program Planning & Implementation
    • How to Design an e-learning Program
    • Visual Design & Display of Information
    • Knowledge Management
    • Writing for the Web
  • Adobe – Train the Trainer – 75-hour online adult training course – 2013
  • Humber College – Post-TESL certificate – 2013
  • Centennial College – Design-Media, Advanced Diploma – 2009-2011
  • Canadian Centre for Language and Cultural Studies (CCLCS) – TESL certificate – 2001-2003
  • University of Toronto – Urban Geography, Bachelor of Arts – 1989-1992 (and courses in English literature, Art History and Cinema Studies)

Professional Experience

Mike Simpson Design-Media – Freelance – consulting, training, video, websites, blogs, 2014=present
Strong+Free Design-Media – Freelance – websites, graphic design, video, print, computer training, 1996 – 2013
George Brown College – Instructor – teaching, assessment, curriculum planning, 2012
Toronto South LIP – website training to public service agencies (Drupal, WordPress) – spring 2011/12
CCLCS – Teacher Training – CALL Workshop (Computers / Internet / Software for education) – 2009 – 2011

Recent Projects – Graphic Design / Media Production / Websites / Education

“DIY LMS: Start Building Your Online Course” – workshop style online course, collaborative, project-based exploration of Moodle, Chamilo, WordPress for Learning Management Systems, March 2014
“A History of Turntables from A to D (Analogue to Digital)” – website, interactive, poster (history/technology), 2012-2015
“Streets are for People” – video, motion graphics, music and sound production, 2010-2015
“Krisp Entertainment” – website with video, audio, and blog, 2012


“DIY LMS and CMS: Learning and Content Management Systems”, TESL Ontario, November 2015 / TESL Toronto, January, 2014
“Adobe for Education,” TESL Durham, 2014
“WordPress for Teachers,” George Brown College, 2012 / TESL Durham, 2010
“Websites for Content Management,” TESL Ontario Conference, 2010
“Travel Talks,” various venues, 2010-2012


Blogging – (100+ posts on “art, culture, design, media, technology” from 2008-present)
“Colour and Contrast: Rostov-on-Don, Russia.” Spacing Magazine (Summer 2009). 67.
“Interviews with: Henry Rollins, Ian Mackaye/Fugazi, All/Descendents, Doughboys, Sloan,
7 Seconds.” High Rollers and DPM Magazine (various issues from 1988-1994)

Exhibition / Live Performance

Labspace Studio, DJ and musical performance, Toronto, 2009
YouTube, various music videos, interviews and short documentaries, from 2008 (13,000 views)

Seminal Projects

Sick Clothing – graphic and fashion design, marketing and sales, 1996-2001
Spy Boy Five + Search Party  – music, audio recording, media design and packaging, event promotion, 1990-1996


As an educator and media producer, Mike is very much interested in process, and documenting technical work. He enjoys research, writing and brainstorming, and implementing document design and layout solutions across a variety of digital media. Mike is adept with time-based media and is transferring his knowledge of music production to video, motion graphics and animation.

Present/Future Work: Always interested in the confluence of education and technology, Mike is exploring LMS or Learning Management Systems. Mike is also currently experimenting with HTML5 animations for websites, and a variety of media production techniques for video and music (he directed “Streets are for People” in summer 2015). As a long-term teacher and trainer he’s also fascinated with the process of Instructional Design. Two new pieces of software he’s currently exploring include Adobe Edge Animate and Adobe Captivate.