When a signmaker takes a cruise

By signcraft

Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2022

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What happens when a signmaker takes a cruise? They take photos of the signs on the ship and in the ports where they stop, of course. It’s a simple fact of being a sign designer—vacations create opportunities to get ideas and inspiration from the signs along the way, be it by land or sea. Rocco Gaskins, Abco Signs, Pennsauken, New Jersey, and Deborah, his wife, have taken several cruises and took plenty of sign photos on their most recent trip.

“We saw a lot of nice work on this trip,” Rocco says. “And it’s not just me taking sign photos. I’ve long since infected Deborah and my kids with the sign bug. They’re always taking photos of interesting work and critique the signs they see for things like layout issues and kerning problems.”

The ship and the ports both offered plenty of examples of interesting signs and graphics. The signs are mostly seen by foot traffic, so they tend to be more unique than the work in a typical business district.

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