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Welcome to my writing portfolio. Here are some written works I’m proud of.

Most of these articles, blog posts and book reviews are about art, culture, design, film, new media, urban issues and travel. In addition to perusing some key articles and essays listed below, I especially recommend you check out the book reviews and the posts on my blog iam.strongandfree.ca. Thanks for stopping by.

All articles are by Mike Simpson. Photography and illustration by Mike unless indicated otherwise

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City Symphony – Part 1 of 2 – A Study in Early Urban Documentary Art Film – 2012-2013 – blog post series
Writing and research on the historic and influential documentary film genre, the “city symphony.” First in a two-part series which will also cover trends in new media, and compare landmark works past and present.
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Maple Leafs Subvert the Spirit of Street Art – 2009 – article
In fall of 2009 Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment brought a unique form of “brandalism” to the streets of Toronto. Working with Taxi, an ad agency, the Leafs attempted to use street art as a creative vehicle for their advertising campaign.

 

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This essay discusses Russian and Soviet posters and graphic design, and focuses on a piece by Viktor Govorkov called “Here’s your Lamp, Comrade Engineer.”

 

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Colour and Contrast: Rostov-on-Don, Southern Russia – Spacing Magazine Summer 2009
Writing + photography for award-winning Toronto urban issues magazine – this article was published in “Outer Space,” a section which documents urban issues in an international context.

 

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Design: Various Writings – 2009-2011, topical overviews
Topics range from the questions “What is Design? What is not Design?” to the importance of the Russian Revolution and the Bauhaus movement. Written for a class called “Social history of Design” (Centennial College, Graphic Design – Media diploma program).

Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile – 2012, book review
Book review of Taras Grescoe’s study of international transportation issues.

Travels to Costa Rica – Fish out of Water – 2012 – blog post
This article and photography explores travel and eco-tourism in the relatively “off the beaten track” Caribbean coast.

 

 

 

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Be sure to also check out my Book Reviews at my blog, “iam.strongandfree.ca.”

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