About Mikey

Bio
Michael De Pippo is an award winning, multidisciplinary creative with over 11 years of experience across multiple mediums including identity, print, packaging, digital, responsive web design, broadcast, out-of-home, and environmental design.

Michael believes that strong design is far more than making things look pretty; it requires critical thinking and comprehensive research to understand the target audience, design problem and the corporate goals of the client.

Michael’s passion for design has lead him to create many side projects outside of his full time job. In 2010, he created a series of vintage concert posters for The Muppets, which ended up steering his career into exciting territory. After posting them on his blog, the posters went viral, and were eventually licensed by Disney and sold online.

Since then, Michael has been working with companies like Mondo, Acme Archives, Dark Hall Mansion and Acidfree Gallery to create officially licensed artwork for Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros, LAIKA Animation Studios, Peanuts, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and more. Additionally, he began taking part in group exhibitions at art galleries and Comic-Cons throughout North America.

Michael’s illustration work has received international recognition, publication and awards, including Applied Arts’ coveted Creative Excellence Award (AACE) for the last two consecutive years.

Michael now divides his time working as a freelance graphic designer, art director and poster artist from his home studio in Toronto, Canada.

Brands/Clients
Disney, Pixar, Nickelodeon, Peanuts, Cartoon Network, LAIKA Animation Studios, Hasbro, American Express, Expedia.ca, IBM, Kraft Food, Nestlé, Post Foods, Yahoo, eos, Spin Master Toys, Bud Light, Virgin Mobile, DHL and more.

Work
Freelance: Juniper Park, BBDO Toronto, Leo Burnett, Sid Lee, Rivet, Wunderman, Endeavour magic + logic
Full-Time: OgilvyOne, Grip Limited, Squareknot, Bensimon Bryne, Mediaplus Advertising

Awards
2013 Applied Arts AACE Illustration Award, Brave ‘Change Your Fate’
2013 Applied Arts Illustration, Brave ‘Change Your Fate’
2013 Applied Arts Illustration, “Hair-Raising Hare”
2013 Applied Arts Illustration, Fantastic Mr. Fox
2012 ADCC Graphic Design Merit, Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem
2012 Applied Arts AACE Illustration Award, Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem
2012 Communication Arts Illustration, Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem
2012 Applied Arts Illustration, Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem
2011 CMAs, Cogeco Residential
2011 CMAs, Cogeco B2B
2011 CTAM Awards, Cogeco TV Brand Image
2011 CTAM Awards, Cogeco Upgrade Marketing

Group Exhibitions
Gallery 1988, Melrose, CA · “Adventure Time” · April 2014
Spoke Art, NYCC, San Fran · “Bad Dads” · October 2012
Gallery 1988, NY, NY · “Crazy 4 Cult” · July 2012
Gallery 1988, Venice, CA · “A Tribute to Steve Martin” · June 2012
Gallery 1988, Melrose, CA · “Memes” · May 2012
The Butter Factory, Singapore · “Design Warriors Art Project” · May 2008

Judging Panels
Calgary Ad Rodeo 2014 Anvil Awards • Print and Design Categories

Other Places
Twitter / FacebookInstagram / LinkedInFlickr