Apparently the overall direction the design world is taking is towards a revindication of old school crafts, such as handmade furniture, hand-printed cards/posters (i.e. letterpress) and pretty much everything traditional. Personally I think it's an appropriate decision to go down that route, specially because it focuses more on the quality of the product more than the mass production...

Apparently the overall direction the design world is taking is towards a revindication of old school crafts, such as handmade furniture, hand-printed cards/posters (i.e. letterpress) and pretty much everything traditional. Personally I think it's an appropriate decision to go down that route, specially because it focuses more on the quality of the product more than the mass production...

Old School Crafts: Glass Signs

Apparently the overall direction the design world is taking is towards a revindication of old school crafts, such as handmade furniture, hand-printed cards/posters (i.e. letterpress) and pretty much everything traditional. Personally I think it's an appropriate decision to go down that route, specially because it focuses more on the quality of the product more than the mass production of it; it has more of a personal relationship with what's being made, a more thoughtful way to think about how things are done and the skills that are behind them.

This time I came across the work of  Danny Cooke, a british filmmaker that has been recording the work of these craftsmen, in this case the hand-drawn glass signs by David A. Smith, a true glass artist. In his website you can find lots of his work, which considering they're all made by hand is absolutely amazing. The short documentary by Cooke gives a quick look at the production process, which is executed with impressive skills by Smith. Taking in mind that all these signs are hand-drawn (NO computers are involved in the process, which is..wow) the results are even more outstanding. This is a great example of good inspiration for graphic designers, who sometimes forget the importance of having an old school process -that is, pencil and paper- being a crucial stage for any kind of design.

David A Smith - Sign Artist from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

 

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