Mike Lopez is a Lettering Artist & Designer, and owner of a Branding & Design Studio based in Toronto, Canada.
Helping growing businesses become remarkable brands.
Mike Lopez is a professional Lettering Artist & Designer, and owner of a Branding & Design Studio based in Toronto, Canada. With a perceptive & creative eye he brings character to type that goes beyond the font to help his clients bring their business ideas to life, raise their profile, and connect with their customers & top prospects.
Specializing in Logotypes & Letterforms for Specialty Retail Goods & Apparel, Cannabis & Alcohol, Restaurants, Music and Entertainment brands seeking to create distinct, memorable marks and engaging design for their customers.
Get in touch for Custom Lettering & Design for your Branding, Advertising, Apparel, Labels, Packaging, Posters, Signage, Murals, Social Media and Online Marketing Content.
Agencies welcome! Contact for freelance Senior Art Direction and Design day rates and booking.
PUBLISHED: Typism Book 4 (2018)
The Moo Blog - These Business Cards are just our type [SCROLL DOWN after jump]
@MOO Instagram Stories - Font Influencer Campaign
More in to come in 2019. Check back soon! Or follow Designer Mike on Instagram @designermike #designermikeart for updates.
This Type Life by Mike Lopez
I’ve been obsessed with calligraphy and handwriting since my days writing pen-pal letters as a kid in elementary school. Eventually this evolved into illustrating words and combining them with my drawings as I was introduced to graffiti and tattoo art. And then I went to university for Accounting. It was in a Macroeconomics class lecture while I was busy drawing a poster to promote an upcoming party, when my friend looked over and whispered, “You know you could make a living doing that?”
“Doing what?” I asked naively.
“It’s called Graphic Design. Maybe you should look it up!”
And so I did. After an intense year-long course in Computer Graphics, armed with employable skills in the Adobe core programs and Quark XPress I landed my first professional gig working with a pioneering, internationally-published comic book studio. On the weekends I worked with a Toronto-defining street style magazine setting up press-ready print files and designing typographic page titles. I took these opportunities to hone my craft and learn new skills in digital illustration, page layout, and print publishing, while my free time was spent studying design history, principles and theory. That was back in 2000. I’ve since worked with agencies in and around the city, progressing from graphic designer to senior art director roles, developing award-winning integrated marketing campaigns, in-store merchandising, and immersive experiential activations for blue chip Consumer Packaged Goods and Big Alcohol brands.
In 2016 I began to focus on hand-lettering, posting my practice and progress to Instagram almost daily. Aligning my work to my business goals, and leveraging my experience working with tier-1 brands, I began getting commissions for custom lettering and logotypes for businesses such as athletic apparel brands, international ice cream shops, and specialty retailers.
Get in touch for your Branding & Logos • Labels and Packaging • Titles and Ad Display Copy • Posters and Billboards • Signage and Wayfinding • Chalk signs and Wall Murals • Apparel and Merchandise Graphics • Book Covers and Magazines • Event/XM Graphics • Social Media Content
Open for freelance art direction and design roles with local agencies collaborating to provide on-strategy, presentation-ready, pitch-winning visuals and campaign mockups. Contact for skill-specific samples, availability, and day rates.