Signs We’ve Seen: May 2022

By SignCraft.com

Posted on Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

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Here’s a batch of impressive work by SignCraft readers. Don’t forget to send us yours!

How about a raw steel background? Mike Leary [Sundance Sign & Design, Dover, NH] finished the cold-rolled steel background panel with Matthews Acrylic Polyurethane matte clear and mounted it on a black aluminum composite panel. The cut-out letters are finished with exterior acrylic paint, and the ampersand is copper leaf clear-coated with 1 Shot clear.

V-carved lettering finished with silver leaf looks great on this oval HDU panel by David Hassan, Hassan Sign Co., Cohasset, MA.

This isn’t quite your ordinary Shell gas station signage, is it? Redgie Adams [Adams Signs, North Little Rock, AR] photographed it in Kanaub, Utah. It was done by Patti Lewis who has painted murals in the area and across the West.

The artwork was provided by Sims Advertising from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The printing was done by Classic Signs from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, using Arlon SLX+ with Arlon 3220 overlaminate and ContraVision Performance 60/40 perforated film. Classic Signs did the installation in roughly 35 total working hours.

The artwork was provided by Brian Oja, Cliffe Printing, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. The printing was done by Classic Signs from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, using Arlon SLX+ with Arlon 3220 overlaminate and ContraVision Performance 60/40 perforated film. Classic Signs did the installation in roughly 15 total working hours.

A beautiful script, cool graphics and a cutout panel by Randy Howe [GetZumExposure.com, Port Dover, Ontario, Canada]

15-by-24-in. striped beveled mirror with pictorial done in reverse. The letters have a 3D 4x drop shade and were done in 23k glass gold with copper leaf highlights and 16k gold leaf corners. Don Eckland, Weaverville Sign & Graphix, Weaverville, North Carolina

Lots going on here! The cabinets are .090 Aluminum, 24-by-72-in., then welded to a frame. The map was reverse printed on Arlon 4500 Clear film then backed with white Oracal 651 vinyl. It was mounted on a ¼-in. acrylic panel. The panel was attached to the cabinet with 1-in. standoffs. The tenant panels are reverse-cut white vinyl applied to 1/8-in. clear acrylic panels and mounted using stainless steel security screws. Ian McLellan, Hill House Graphics, Bristol, Rhode Island

The gradient background lets the primary copy have the contrast it needs. Denise Baum, Shannon-Baum Signs & Graphics, Inc., Eldersburg, Maryland

A border can add interest or sometimes be absolutely captivating as it is on the sign by Sonia Gothe and Dirk Rampling [Far South Design, South Pambula, NSW, Australia].

A classic look—gold leaf with black outlines and shades on red, done with 23k Large Engine Turn RealGold vinyl over black vinyl by Andy Bordi, Bordi Designs, Merchantville, NJ

Dennis Zanni [Good News Signs, North Scituate, Rhode Island] hand painted the pictorials on this fishing boat from a photo the owner provided.

In Australia it’s “Take Away,” not “Take Out,” food! James Dobson [Revolution Signs & Graphics, Lake Macdonald, Queensland, Australia] used a punchy graphic to help sell it on this hand-lettered promotional sign.

Bill Conrad [Conrad Signs, Inc., Geneva, Ohio] used a 3D graphic to juice up this otherwise flat sign.

Dennis Zanni [Good News Signs, North Scituate, Rhode Island] does loads of hand carved quarterboards like this for both boats and residences. “They’re all done by hand with chisels, knives and a lot of hand sanding,” Dennis says. “One customer said it best when he said they ‘look like they are old and new at the same time.’ That’s exactly the way I want them to look—like quarterboards from olden days rather than looking like mass-produced signs.”