Mike Smithson is a skilled and successful graphic designer. He has held many titles within his line of work including Creative Director, Project Manager and Business Owner. He is the founder of the thriving design firm, Art Your Mind Design, which he established in 2010. He has served as a committee member for the Interactive Multimedia Program at Lima Senior High School, the Downtown Wapakoneta Partners and the Wapakoneta Tourist committee.
Mike has been featured on the Lima News on multiple occasions, sharing his creative and widely-received concepts for local business and the arts. He has written articles for the highly renowned design website, www.blur-group.com, detailing his journey in the graphic design business and providing advice for up-and-comers. His most notable public appearance was on the 700 Club in 2012 in which he was interviewed about the hardships of growing a business and the success that he has seen after much hard
work and perseverance.
While serving as graphic designer and leader on many hundreds of projects, Mike’s most notable work has been that of the Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville. He has single-handedly designed all graphics inside and out of the museum and is currently overseeing all ongoing design and creative aspects of the museum as Creative Director.
Having sold his first logo design at the age of 17, Mike now touts years experience within the field of graphic design. He believes faith, honesty and a passion for art to be the driving force behind his success. He says that without these things, none of it would be possible.
MY FRIENDS AND I STARTED A NEW NON PROFIT FOR HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE REASEARCH. I LIVE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND BEGAN INQUIRING WITH MY FRIENDS IF THEY KNEW OF ANYONE WHO COULD DESIGN A LOGO FOR OUR NEW NON PROFIT. I WAS REFERRED TO MIKE SMITHSON AND WAS ASSURED BY MY FRIEND, SHANNON MILLER, THAT THE FACT MIKE LIVED IN OHIO WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE. I CALLED MIKE AND HE CONFIRMED THAT WE COULD STILL WORK TOGETHER EASILY EVEN THOUGH WE LIVED SO FAR AWAY.
MIKE WAS SO PROFESSEIONAL AND SO FAST! HE IS A TRUE VISIONARY AND EXCELLENT AT HIS CRAFT. HE WAS ALWAYS EAGER TO PLEASE OUR ORGANIZATION AND WORK WITH US UNTIL IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED. THROUGH TELEPHONE, EMAIL, AND TEXT MESSAGING, MIKE WAS ABLE TO EXPEDITE HIS WORK AND IT WAS TO OUR HEART’S DESIRE. HIS CREATIVE MIND REALLY REVEALED HIS TALENT AND WE COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED WITH OUR FINAL PRODUCT!
LINDA OADES PIMENTAL
UCI HD CARE
VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER
"I've dealt with dozens of designers through the years and few compare to Mike Smithson. His talent, work ethic and spirit come through loud and clear in his work. There's no doubt you're dealing with a committed professional once you get him involved in a project. I look forward to many years of collaboration with Mike."
The Official Johnny Cash Site