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David DeMeo

July 2nd, 2018 by

Shop name: Sign Effects Shop size: 5000 sq. ft. Staff: 3 full-time and 2 part-time Age: 47 Graphics equipment: Roland 545 printer/cutter Roland… Read More

Abracadabra: Find the magic in Photoshop’s Content-Aware tools

July 2nd, 2018 by

Adobe added Content-Aware into Photoshop in CS5 in 2010. Wow! It was and is a game changer. Over the years since its initial… Read More

Wasting time, wasting materials, wasting money?

July 2nd, 2018 by

For years I tried to “save money” by keeping scraps of every type of material we use. I looked at it like it… Read More

Why a laser fits so well in a sign shop

July 2nd, 2018 by

Source list: Laser engraving/cutting Acsys Laser www.acsyslaser.com AP Lazer www.aplazer.com Boss Laser www.bosslaser.com Epilog Laser www.epiloglaser.com Gravograph www.gravograph.com Trotec Laser www.troteclaser.com Universal Laser… Read More

Designer at work: Curt Stenz

July 2nd, 2018 by

1970 found Curt Stenz lettering his first signs in his parents’ basement and doing posters at high school. From there it was a… Read More

Pinstriping in the sign shop

July 2nd, 2018 by

While some pinstripers have a specific niche that they focus on—like bikes or street rods or classic cars—and primarily do pinstriping, plenty of… Read More

Design Clinic: A few recent projects

July 2nd, 2018 by

Once upon a time, when hand-crafted things were the rule and not the exception, craftspeople seemed to understand what it was going to… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this freestanding sign?

July 2nd, 2018 by

Materials: One sheet of ½-in. PVC board: $121.54 PVC posts and finials: $68.12 One sheet ¾-in. overlaid plywood: $86.82 Cutting charge: $4.85 Cutting/painting… Read More

A sign for the chicken house

July 2nd, 2018 by

I often get asked if we ever make signs for “the real world.” The answer is yes, though the bulk of our creative… Read More

The responsibility of designers

July 2nd, 2018 by

I was speaking to clients—a husband and wife team—the other day about a new brand and truck wrap we were designing for them…. Read More