Design & Price: 4-by-4-ft. banner

In every issue, SignCraft gave a few sign makers an imaginary project. We asked them to do a sketch of the sign they... Read More

5 rules for effective vehicle wraps

Bob Behounek did an excellent article on building more effective layouts for signs, “Clutter kills: 6 points for cleaner sign design.” He had... Read More

What’s it cost to produce these printed truck door graphics?

We designed this logo for a local electrician long ago. We’ve lettered several trucks for them over the years, but we always did... Read More

Use contrast to guide the viewer’s eye

Monotony can kill our sign layouts, choking off any possibility of communicating our client’s message. As sign designers we must constantly find ways... Read More

The restaurant signs of Koh Tao

We’re sure the restaurants on the popular tourist destination island of Koh Tao, Thailand, are terrific, but we think the signs are even... Read More

Design & Price: 3-by-12-ft. banner

In every issue, SignCraft gave a few sign makers an imaginary project. We asked them to do a sketch of the sign they... Read More

Winning tactics for closing the sale

Having worked with over 500 small business owners in the last 15 years, I’ve learned a lot about how most owners think when... Read More

Retro panel shapes help organize a layout

Whenever I’m on the subject of bold, clean, readable sign design, it’s a great opportunity to dig into the design tools from the... Read More

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Cover photo: Pearce Jewelers – Peter Poanessa

When Peter Poanessa showed how he fabricates great-looking but lightweight sign structures in “The Keene System: Fabricating strong, lightweight sign structures”, he opened... Read More

More before-and-afters from Rob Cooper

When it’s time to redo a sign, it’s a great opportunity to make it more effective. Rob Cooper, Koh Tao, Thailand, has repainted... Read More

Cover photo: The Party Store – Bob Behounek

  Electric signs require a bigger budget, so design is even more important if the client wants maximum value for their money. When... Read More

A blast from the past: Vintage sign shop photos

If you’re like us here at SignCraft, a photo of a sign shop or a sign painter at work from years ago always... Read More

Cover photo: Andrews Auto Body – Brian Schofield

What’s that arriving at your shop? Another white F-150? Another white Sprinter van? Most of the trucks and vans that get used commercially... Read More

Building a modular monument sign

When you work alone or with one helper, designing a sign that you can put together on site as if it were a... Read More

Cover photo: Steve’s Mechanic Shop – Chris Dobell

Chris and Stu Dobell are second-generation signwriters, two brothers who served traditional apprenticeships in Australia before moving to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. They’re also... Read More

Vintage beer labels hold loads of inspiration

“You know,” says Mark Casey, “sometimes you see something that looks like it would just be so much fun to paint. When that... Read More

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