Mike Dempsey RDI, founder of Studio Dempsey, is one of the most awarded designers in the history of Design & Art Direction (D&AD), the awards and education body. He has chosen to work mainly in the UK.
In addition to stamps, Dempsey's expertise also encompasses design for arts properties from posters for art exhibitions, theatre and dance to film titles.
His studio was established in 2007 and he works and lives in both London and Dorset.
Dempsey says he has done "very little work abroad although I am known within the international design community".
His awards bear this out and include:
"There has always been a fantastic collection of creative talent in the UK, especially in London. However, the digital age has widened the pool and I feel many people no longer see the UK as the centre of the creative universe.
"I believe that it is possible to create anywhere. It is no longer anchored to any one place. But as designers we like to cling together in creative collectives. Although this is now achieved via many online forums, physically being with other creatives is very beneficial for the spirit."
Asked to nominate an innovative UK designer, Dempsey chooses Thomas Heatherwick, explaining:
"He is the most innovative designer working at the moment. He always starts with the user. He is about the ‘human experience’ rather than bolstering his ego by producing vanity projects. He is refreshing in today’s world of design."
For more information, visit www.studiodempsey.co.uk