We heard over the weekend of the passing of our old friend Mike Seaton after a protracted illness.
As head of department in the School of Printing at Brunel College [later to become City of Bristol College] Mike was responsible in the mid 70s for introducing a graphic design diploma programme, along with a contemporary, co-educational teaching approach to typography. He went on to become head of Faculty, Science and Graphic Arts until his retirement in the 90s.
Mike was ISTD education officer in the 80s, leading the ISTD Student Assessment into a new era through engagement with industry partners, working with them on the project briefs and encouraging them to sponsor the scheme. The resulting project topics were accessible, relevant and popular with students – a quality that is maintained today.
The many designers who were taught by Mike may well remember his favourite response to an inappropriate choice of typeface, renaming it Chinese Chip Shop Italics! They'll also remember him as a straight-talking, devoted educationalist with a wry sense of humour, a twinkle in his eye and as a custodian of graphic and typographic design standards.
Those of us who have worked with him in education, practice and as an ISTD council colleague will remember him in a spirit of affection, respect and friendship.
Andy Uren MISTD and Tina Carter FISTD