An Ohio native, Mikey Burton proudly describes his design aesthetic as “Midwesterny” and draws much of his inspiration from artifacts found throughout the hardworking, blue collar Rust Belt: old type-specimen sheets, arcane equipment manuals and ancient textbooks.
“I’m fascinated with how past designers had to come up with ideas and solve problems using limited resources,” he said. “Like, for instance, figuring out how two colors can work harder than four.
It helps me get to better solutions myself.”
While earning his BS/MA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University, Mike became one of the founders of Little Jacket.
He has received awards from Communication Arts, Print, HOW, CMYK, Logo Lounge, Print’s New Visual Artist and most recently ADC Young Guns.
Mikey now lives in sunny Philadelphia where he enjoys the myriad culinary delights of his adopted hometown, and continues to nurture his lifelong obsession with bears, which are “so cute and lovable, but probably the most dangerous animals ever.”