My name is Mike Jane, I am a professional graphic designer for a large public sector organisation based in Plymouth in the United Kingdom. I have been a 'collector' since a young lad, mechanical things and steam engines have always held a fascination for me.
Ever since I was a child I have collected things, picture cards at first which came from Brooke Bond tea packets, then steam engines - my parents bought me a Mamod steam roller in 1973, then in the 90s I got back into die cast cars and started to collect Corgi - Corgi Rockets are my speciality, although I do collect Corgi Juniors and some Matchbox, Rockets were only made briefly c1970-72 in a response to the run away success of Hot Wheels. At the beginning of the millennium I started to get back into classic cycles - Carlton to be precise, after a period of mountain biking.
A picture of me, on the right in the hat, on the footplate of GWR 2-6-2 Large Prairie of the 5101 class, No.4141, built in 1946, on an engine driving day at the Great Central Railway in Loughborough in 2006.
Just what does a Graphic Designer do?
A graphic designer is primarily concerned with visual communication, be it through print such as newsletters, brochures or posters, or through new media such as the web/multi-media. I work with images and text, using Mactintosh computers I create a varied selection of printed material ranging from stationery through to exhibition and display panels.
I also undertake commercial commissions from time to time - mainly promotional literature and advertising.