Hi! I’m Mike

I’m a designer and educator from Toronto

About: My Mission and Philosophy

INTRO

I’m Mike Simpson: teacher, designer, and website / social media developer. I’ve been teaching since 2001 and I created my first website, Tdot.com, in 1998. Two decades of education and digital media later and I’m more passionate about this field than ever.

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I’m a believer in the importance of writing and clear communications, the impact powerful graphics and art can have, and the role that personal relations play in developing our perspectives on the world.

As a teacher and designer I have embraced e-learning. Developing online courses has been one of my passion projects. In 2021 I will push this further and launch a new Tdot site that is a full community site with forums, blog and user pages.

During the pandemic I’ve been working with organizations and individuals to develop digital spaces to promote themselves and build connections with their community. During this time I’ve grown as an instructor, leaping into the challenge of teaching After Effects – a notoriously sophisticated software – in an online course. (I teach part-time at Centennial College).

We need digital skills. This has become paramount during 2020-2021, when a lot of our communication takes place online and via tech like Zoom. I think that we need to develop self sufficiency and a DIY approach. That’s a big part of my philosophy. Rely less on corporate systems and tools and build your own – that’s why I encourage friends and customers to use WordPress and other do it yourself development platforms.

I want to continue to explore the intersections of design and education. Lifelong learning is a key for me as well. We are all on a journey and learning is an ever-present part of many of our lives.

Many thanks for stopping by and stay safe and healthy.

Mike

April 2021 

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Project: Tdot Shots

Social media / photography curation / web design

Tdot Shots is a community-based online photo gallery. I support photographers and artists in Toronto via gallery curation, promotion and events like contests and photo walks. I manage an Instagram account with 20k supporters and post to the blog at tdotshots.com. I have grown expertise in social media and the photographic arts.

View @tdot_shots (Instagram)
View Tdot Shots website

 

Project: AncestryProject.ca

E-learning / education development / graphic design

Ancestry Project is an award-winning website launched in 2017. AP provides free and paid resources to teachers in Canada and abroad; topics include: Canadian history and events, traditions in Canada, global culture and human interest stories.

As developer and designer, I created most of the materials. One exception is the lead feature, “Canada Road Trip, a collaboration with publisher Thane Ladner.

View Canada Road Trip at Ancestry Project

Ancestry Project logo
Ancestry Project logo

Project: AncestryProject.ca

E-learning / education development / graphic design

Ancestry Project is an award-winning website launched in 2017. AP provides free and paid resources to teachers in Canada and abroad; topics include: Canadian history and events, traditions in Canada, global culture and human interest stories.

As developer and designer, I created most of the materials. One exception is the lead feature, “Canada Road Trip, a collaboration with publisher Thane Ladner.

View Canada Road Trip at Ancestry Project

Project: 3D logo animation

Video production / image sequence / motion design

For my After Effects class at Centennial College I designed an assignment that introduces 3D text and requires creating  a background from a photo-based image sequence, and designing a lower third motion graphic.

Project: 3D logo animation

Video production / image sequence / motion design

For my After Effects class at Centennial College I designed an assignment that introduces 3D text and requires creating background from a photo-based image sequence, and designing a lower third motion graphic.

 

 

Project: Motion Design

Motion graphics / education development / video

This motion design project was developed for my After Effects class. I provided my students with the concept, main graphics and video tutorials.

This project requires students to animate with “Paths and Lines.” Students are able to tweak the design but must use the main techniques of the assignment.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

I appreciate your visit

I would love to hear from you!

Email: [email protected]

IG: @mikesimpson.ms