Very few designs have impacted me as much as Dave Smith’s work on John Mayer’s “Born & Raised” album cover. At first glance, I was immediately reminded of early century ephemera and a craft that I thought was history. High-quality, ornamental, handcrafted typography and sign writing is still alive thanks to exquisite craftsman such as Smith.
What impacted me the most was the amount of man-hours that must have been put in to complete a work of such fine quality and attention to detail. John Mayer states, “I don’t know of anyone who has spent as long on an album cover in the last ten years.” The amount of patience one must possess to complete a piece of this complexity is both admirable and respectable. Below, you will find a behind the scenes documentary showcasing the creation of the “Born & Raised” album cover in addition to an image gallery that showcases Smith’s illustration process.
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