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. Burton has received awards from Communication Arts, Graphis, HOW, Print and ADC Young Guns. He is now a freelancer in sunny Philadelphia where he designs and illustrates.

 photo by  Paul Sobota

photo by Paul Sobota

Mikey Burton is a part time designer and a part time illustrator—which adds up to a full time Designy Illustrator. He’s been working professionally for over 12 years now, but claims to be ‘still figuring it out.’ He’s done a lot of work in that time for clients such as Converse, ESPN, Target, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Esquire, among others. He has won awards from organizations such as the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts and Print Magazine to name a few, and enjoys bragging about it in the third person. He spent his formative years and earned a masters degree from the great Kent State University in Ohio. Burton now works and lives in Los Angeles and is probably stuck in traffic.

Select Clients

The Atlantic
Bloomberg Businessweek
Fast Company
Harvard Business Review
Money Magazine
New York Magazine
The New Yorker
The New York Times
Parade Magazine
Real Simple
South East Brewing Company
Time Magazine
The Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Wired Magazine

Awards & Publications

Print Magazine's New Visual Artist
ADC Young Guns 8
CMYK Magazine
Design Work Life
Lovely Stationery
The Fox is Black
Print Magazine
Computer Arts Magazine
Logo Lounge
Communication Arts
How Magazine
Design Week
and more


The Great Discontent
Pencil vs Pixel
10,000 Hours
Creative Pep Talk


Speaking Engagements, Judging, Gallery Shows, Etc.

Always available for workshops, lectures, judging and general hang-out fun times.

November 10, 2016
Lecture and Workshop
at AIGA Central PA
Lancaster, PA

October 21, 2016
Fireside chat at Bounce Exchange
New York, NY

September 7-9, 2016
Lecture at Circles Conference
Grapevine, TX

August 26, 2016
Lecture at Paperless Post
New York, NY

May 19, 2016
Lecture at Columbus Society
of Communicating Arts
Columbus, OH

April 21, 2016
Lecture for AFF Des Moines
Des Moines, IA

March 17, 2016
Lecture at University of Notre Dame
South Bend, IN

February 18, 2016
Lecture at Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

February 11, 2016
Lecture and critiques at
Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD

October 23, 2015
Lecture at American Greetings
Cleveland, OH

October 1-3, 2015
Lecture at Creative Works Conference
Memphis, TN

September 22-23, 2015
Lecture at University of Delaware
Newark, DE

September 15, 2015
Lecture for AFF Akron
Akron, OH

May 27, 2015
Mentor Program Lecture
for AIGA Chicago
Chicago, IL

April 28, 2015
Skype connect series talk
with Marywood University
Scranton, PA

April 23-24, 2015
Lecture and workshop
at Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC

April 9-10, 2015
Lecture and workshop
at Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

March 25-26, 2015
Lecture and workshop
at University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

February 19, 2015
Lecture at Denver Art Museum
for AIGA Colorado
Denver, CO

February 16-17, 2015
Residency at Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN

January 29-31, 2015
Lecture and workshop, Ligature 24
University of Florida, College of the Arts
Gainesville, FL

January 15, 2015
Lecture at American Academy of Art
Chicago, IL

December 16, 2014
Lecture for AFF North Dakota
Fargo, ND

July 24, 2014
Lecture for AFF Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

January 25, 2014
Seeking Greatness Artist Exhibition
for Target at the Winter X Games
Aspen, CO

December 12, 2013
Lecture at The Half and Half
Columbia, SC

November 14, 2013
Lecture at Towson University
Towson, MD

October 19, 2013
Lecture at Phoenix Design Week
Phoenix, AX

October 4-6, 2013
Lecture at AIGA Minnesota Design Camp
Nisswa, MN

August 1-2, 2013
Judging for ADC Young Guns 11
Art Directors Club
New York, NY

April 19 through May 3, 2013
Judging for Logo Lounge 8
Wichita, KS

April 12-13, 2013
Lecture and portfolio review
at AIGA Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

April 2, 2013
Lecture at La Roche College
for AIGA Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

April 18, 2013
Lecture at Champlain College
for AIGA Vermont
Burlington, VT

March 21, 2013
Lecture at AIGA Upstate NY
Utica, NY

March 5, 2013
Illustration Workshop at
The University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA

October 11, 2012
Lecture and critiques at
Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD

October 2-5, 2012
Judging at How Magazine's
International Design Awards
Cincinnati, OH

September 27, 2012
Lecture at Kent State University
Kent, OH

June 24, 2012
Lecture at HOW Conference
Boston, MA

April 28, 2012
Lecture at MoxieCon
Chicago, IL

April 26, 2012
Lecture for ADC Young Guns
at the Apple Store
Chicago, IL

April 14, 2012
Workshop at
The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

April 3, 2012
Lecture at Iowa State University
Ames, IA

March 1, 2012
Lecture at AIGA Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

February 29, 2012
Webinar with RGD Ontario
Toronto, ON

February 24-25, 2012
Lecture at AIGA Nashville
DISH Student Conference
Nashville, TN

February 14 & 21, 2012
Illustration Workshop at
University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA

January 18-20, 2012
Lecture and Logo Workshop
at Portland State University
Portland, OR

Oct 20-21, 2011
Lecture and workshop
at Edinboro University
Edinboro, PA

June 29, 2011
Webinar with RGD Ontario
Toronto, ON

June 11-12, 2011
Lecture at WMC FEST
Cleveland, OH

April 28-29, 2011
Lecture and critiques
at Missouri State University
Springfield, MO

April 23, 2011
Bathroom mural
Art Directors Club
New York, NY

April 15, 2011
Lecture at Free Library
Philadephia, PA

April 13, 2011
Lecture at AFF Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN

March 23, 2011
Lecture and Workshop at
Moore College of Art & Design
Philadelphia, PA

March 18, 2011
Lecture at School of Advertising Art
Kettering, OH

March 9, 2011
Video Chat with Mississippi State
Mississipi State, MS

January 13, 2011
Lecture at Design Madison
Madison, WI

November 14, 2010
Exhibit and Lecture
at Goshen College
Goshen, IN

Sep 17 & 18, 2010
Judging for CSCA's
Creative best Competition
Columbus, OH 

January 21, 2010
Lecture at Columbus Society
of Communicating Arts
Columbus, OH 

January 20, 2010
Lecture at Ohio University
Athens, OH