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mike best
technical animator
and
artist

With a unique blend of creative vision and technical know-how, Mike helps companies around the world innovate, experiment and make beautiful things.

(He’s also an avid photographer, traveller, and writer)

 
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recent highlights

 

Ford Hubs

Project: In-store multi-media activation.

Role:
Creative Director
Agency: Framestore
Client: Ford Motors Ltd.
Technologies: Unreal Engine 4, Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, Real-time data visualization.

Ford Hubs was a series of store-front activations on exploring themes of modern mobility. As the lead for the creative team at Framestore, I was responsible for directing the visual design and production of three multi-media exhibits, including an large interactive ‘city of the future’ experience, a car configurator, and a large screen interactive guide to New York City.

The project won a gold award at Transform Events

Mike’s new YOuTube Channel

Project: YouTube channel and branding.

Role: Creator
Client: Personal Project
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite, YouTube

Recently I’ve started a YouTube channel and and have started having a play with producing some short videos and tutorials. The project is still in it’s early stages, but it’s given me an opportunity to further develop my video editing, motion graphics and audio skills. With the growing importance of digital video on social media campaigns, I believe its important to have an understanding of not just motion design/animation aspects of a campaign, but also some of the live production challenges as well.

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AS A CHILD I DREAMED OF FLYING

Project: Interactive 3d Web Experiment (WebGL)

Role: WebGL developer and 3d Artist.
Client: Personal Project
Technologies: Javascript (Three.js, Node.js, Webpack), 3dsMax.

As a child I dreamed of flying was a small WebGL project that I created to experiment with the possibilities of interactive 3d using WebGL and WebVR technologies, which allow interactive 3d graphics and animation to be directly embedded in a web browser without any additional plugins or apps.

I am currently working on version 2 of the project.

 Selected Case Studies

 

services

 

DESIGN

Art direction for interactive projects

3D modelling and animation

2D graphics and motion design

Front-end web-design

DEVELOPMENT

Technical art and animation

2d graphics scripting and pipelines

Front-end web development

Game engine scripting and pipelines

AR/VR production



CONTENT

editorial writing / blogging

digital photography

video editing and post-production



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 Clients

Some of the companies I’ve had the pleasure of working with:

 
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Photography

Ever since I learned to develop photographs in my highschool darkroom, I’ve had a passion for the medium of photography.
You can check out some of my personal photography work here:

 
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ABout me

Hello, my name is Mike Best. I have spent much of my career helping organizations solve a familiar problem: how to bridge the gap between their engineering and creative departments.

Sometimes, I meet an outstanding creative team with a brilliant vision of what they want accomplish, but they have found themselves falling deep down a rabbit hole and need a little technical assistance to get out. Or, sometimes, I find myself talking with technologists who have some amazing, innovative ideas but are looking to more effectively communicate them to a wider audience. Often, it’s a little of both: organizations with pools of great talent but find they need someone equally comfortable working both code and design.

I’ve held senior creative and technical roles in the games, VFX, and interactive design industries. Recently, my focus been learning to creating and develop online experiences and web applications.

I am always interested in collaborating with forward looking organisations and developers who want to 'push the boat out' , innovate, and explore what is possible online, especially those that share my values of sustainability, ethical production practices, and the benefits of global collaboration and remote work.

When I’m not in front of my computer, I enjoy pursuing my love of photography, writing, and music.

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let’s talk.

Please drop me a line using the contact form below, or find me on social media here:

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