Letters and graphics are high density urethane board [HDU] cut on the ShopBot CNC router, then mounted on an aluminum composite panel with an aluminum tube frame, finished with acrylic paints.
HDU letters, cut on the ShopBot CNC router then mounted on an aluminum composite panel; finished with acrylic paints.
Letters were cut on the ShopBot CNC router then mounted on an aluminum composite panel with an aluminum tube frame. Letters are finished with 23K gold leaf.
Old window frame with a wood insert, hand lettered with enamels
Hand lettered with enamels
HDU letters and graphics, cut on the ShopBot CNC router then mounted on an aluminum composite panel with an aluminum tube frame, finished with exterior acrylic paints.
Hand lettered with enamels
Digital print on an aluminum composite panel
CNC routed HDU panel finished with exterior acrylic paint
Wood signs, hand-lettered with acrylic latex paint and distressed
Aluminum composite panel with aluminum tube frame, finished with acrylic latex paints
Palladium leaf and enamel on glass
Digital print

Designer at work: Dave Correll

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Saturday, December 29th, 2018

Dave Correll’s 35-year career in the sign business has taken him in a lot of directions, from sign painting to 3D sign making to murals and more. Most recently it’s taken him to a new position with Rare Aircraft, a company that restores vintage airplanes. Dave’s fabrication and painting skills fit right in on these airplanes of the 1930s and ’40s. And he still makes signs, focusing on hand-lettered and custom signs as well as mural projects.

“I’m just now catching up on last summer’s projects,” Dave says. “I have a few nice projects ahead of me, but my goal is to just take one sign at a time. I plan to do a lot more hand lettering and do them the way I used to make signs. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll use the computer here and there, but it won’t be the focus of production.”

Dave is also a prolific type designer with a knack for creating highly legible fonts that are especially effective for sign work. He has designed 22 fonts to date, and you’ll find them all at www. letterheadfonts.com. Here’s what he has to say about his work today:


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