Mike Simpson Portfolio
City Speed / Photo animation created from image sequence with Photoshope timeline editor
City Speed / Animated image sequence from photo stills / created in Photoshop in animation timeline
Hello and Welcome!
Hey, I’m Mike. I’m a designer, educator and community builder.
I work with photography, time-based media (audio, video), websites and graphics. Teaching and training are central to my work. Toronto and Tdot.com are my creative homes.
As the founder of Tdot.com I work freelance and create websites, online courses and community events. I’m a writer, photographer, and avid blogger. My online courses include “Photo Graphics with Photoshop,” and “Create Websites with WordPress.” I teach via my own websites and at schools in Toronto, Canada.
Please scroll to view my portfolio which includes graphic design, animations, multimedia and writing for blogs and social.
SVG Vector animation with Lottie file
Art created in Photoshop and Figma, exported to SVG, animated in Haiku Animator. File size is only 13 k.
SVG Vector animation with Lottie file
Art created in Photoshop and Figma, exported to SVG, animated in Jaiku Animator. File size is only 13 k.
My Passions and Teaching Areas
Art & Design
Design should communicate and deliver impact via original art and attractive engaging imagery.
Accessibility is important so I ensure mobile or standards complaint features are employed so anyone can experience my work.
Art & Design is my passion and I work hard to deliver artistic excellence on every project.
Media should be used to enhance the messaging. I’m obsessed with making images, time-based media and learning about tools to create moving pictures.
As an instructor I’ve taught photography, video editing, motion graphics and animation (incl. courses in Photoshop and After Effects).
Learning and teaching are central to what I do. As an instructor I am passionate about learners and presenting students with fresh, relevant lessons and courses.
Working with e-learning tools and LMS courseware is one of my areas of expertise. I have trained teachers in education technology.
I teach via Tdot Studio Courses and Toronto area colleges.
Can you name the software?
Guess what the products the logos represent. then roll over for your answer!
My training courses are offered to GTA creators online at my site Tdot Studio.
Ready to learn? Interested in using industry-standard creative software?
Let’s get started with the grand-daddies of the creative business. We’ll get hands on with the core functions of Photoshop and WordPress. Make graphics for your blog, build a portfolio – and work with professional tools. Contact me if you have questions about this software or about my courses and training.
I also teach video editing, motion graphics and audio/sound/music with Adobe Premiere, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve and Ableton Live. Time-based media is one of my specialties.
My new course Video Editing with DaVinci Resolve will cover the basics of getting started with this popular platform. Learn how to select and organize footage, cut and edit your shots into a sequence, add titles, sound and effects, and export to various broadcast or web formats. Launching at Tdot Studio Courses in September 2022.
My Art and Design Blog
My blog features my writing, editing, design and photography work and may include collaborations with other creatives. Work with me! Contact me at [email protected].
Long Exposure Photography Experiments with Light Painting and Steel Wool Spinning
Steel wool spinning is an absolutely stunning visual display that looks incredible in person and phenomenal in long exposure photography. The same is true for other kinds of light painting, particularly in the hands of someone who has had opportunity to practice and...
Create a Photo Animation from an Image Sequence in Photoshop (Make a GIF or Video)
Want to make a photo animation for social media or your website? I’ll walk you through it. Situation: You have 3-4 images or more that you’d like to create an animated photo sequence from. You may have shot with motor drive or just shot a very quick continuous series...
Tips for Beginner Photographers to Up Your Photography Game
Mike is a designer and photographer from Toronto. You can find him on Instagram: @tdot_mike Hey there. It's Mike with a few tips for you shooters out there. I wrote this article with beginner - intermediate photographers in mind. I've ben asked for tips for newer...
Professional Practice and Projects
As the founder of Tdot.com, I create and manage websites, digital and social media, education programs and community projects. My social media reaches thousands of creatives in Toronto and our events have hundreds of participants every year.
Learn more and visit: Tdot Shots, Tdot Studio, and Tdot Events
The Future is Hybrid
Once upon a time we would call ourselves multi-disciplinary or mixed media or visual artists, but digital came along and we started to say we were digital creators. Let us not lose the idea of art and artists and artistry in our evolution.
As an artist and creator I seek opportunities to experiment with time-based media, photography, animation, video and web projects. Art is important to me. While I employ digital tech all the time, I seek analogue experiments and experiences: film cameras, photo walks with photographers, capturing motion and abstract imagery “in camera” instead of generating it in Photoshop.
Collaboration and community building is important to me. As a teacher with two decades experience I find “real life” experiences are important so I lead events and classes but I also apply my skills toward creation of online community and courses.
A mix of analogue and digital, in-person and online, photography and illustration, brings hybrid art and design approaches to all my projects. I will continue to explore animation, motion graphics, video and web, through 2022-2023.
I appreciate you stopping by. If you would like to chat or ask a question please reach out!