The work of David M. Smith has been an inspiration for many up and coming designers in the apparel industry and I am sure it will continue to be. His career started pretty quickly in the industry as he moved straight to San Francisco after completing college to work for designer Benny Gold – famous for the phrase 'Stay Gold' and his streetwear.
Jon Contino is a leading artist from within the genre of hand drawn typography and anybody within the industry of type would or at least should have heard of Jon. His style is something that he is widely recognized for. Whilst completing work for big companies such as Nike, Ford, Bing and Jack Daniels. Jon is also the creative behind two clothing brands under the names of Barnaby Black and CXXVI.