Born and Raised – John Mayer Album art

Craftsmanship isn’t dead it’s just living inside of David A. Smith’s workshop. My jaw dropped when I saw the painstaking details he puts into each and everyone of his amazing pieces of work. Jiro’s met his match in terms of love of craft I think.

Details from Vimeo – David A. Smith is a traditional sign-writer/designer specialising in high-quality ornamental hand-crafted reverse glass signs and decorative silvered and gilded mirrors. David recently produced a wonderful turn-of-the-century, trade-card styled album cover for popular American singer/songwriter John Mayer.

This film captures the ‘Behind The Scenes’ creation of the ‘Born & Raised’ and ‘Queen of California’ artwork, as well as 2 unique reverse glass panels, hand-crafted in England by David A. Smith.

Filmed by Danny Cooke

Bo knows good typography?

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30 for 30 did a fantastic documentary about Bo Jackson. As I was watching the documentary, the design fanboy in me found myself taking screen shots of the illustrations and typography. After the doc I had to find out who the hell was behind these amazing illustrations and designs. The illustrator is a familiar Grantland contributor Mick Duzyj and the Agency is Doubleday & Cartwright.

Also for you Tecmo Bowl fans out there I took a screen shot of the famous Bo Jackson touchdown screen as well. Someone needs to make a T-shirt of this.













Google Quarterly

I recently found Think Quarterly by Google. It’s refreshing to see good illustrations, and great articles. It’s almost like a very high end Monocle-like web magazine. It’s what I imagine Mcsweeney’s Quarterly would look like if it was only online. I think this is the first form of what an online magazine that feels tangible and breaks the grid of they boxy old htlm feeling websites and online magazines. ESPN’s Grantland, Mcsweeney’s Quarterly should take note this is the future of publishing. Fresh looking designs coupled with great informative articles.