Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Master Sign Smith

British sign artist David Smith, claims he has the best job in the world, and judging from his uncompromising work, he may well be the very best at it. Smith has the uncommon lettering talents of a 19th century master signmaker, and he is one of the few remaining traditional glass artists to excel in the trade of glass embossing. He is without peers, and in order to prevent his trade from becoming a lost art, he is on a personal mission to teach his skills to as many as he can. I was delighted to write about the design of John Mayer's Born and Raised album cover artwork in a previous post last August, but this video by Danny Cooke may be the most inspiring 18 minutes of your entire week. And don't miss the closing titles!
::With gratitude to Design Envy today.

In case you haven't had enough, this is an earlier documentary on David Smith. 


  1. Ace, thank you for sharing this.

  2. Wow, thanks so much for sharing this one, Jennifer. Smith is one of the wonders of the modern world. I remember watching sign painters ply their craft in England (usually pub signs), and being delighted and amazed at their skill. This video adds to the pantheon of fabulous talent out there.

  3. Have admired David Smiths work for years, amazing artist. Glad others are enjoying his work too.

  4. fantastic work as ever, nice to see this work has found it's audience outside of the signwriting circle

  5. Thanks, Jen!
    What amazing craftsmanship. Am in awe of his jaw-dropping fine motor skills.


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