Inbox – February 2024

By signcraft

Posted on Sunday, February 25th, 2024

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New Australian sign magazine for sign painters

Jumbo Magazine aims to capture in print the stories of the tradition of hand-painted signage from across Australia and New Zealand—both the history and its present-day form. The magazine champions the people behind the signs, from those who grew up practicing the trade to those who continue to nurture it.

“I chose the name ‘Jumbo’ as a sly nod to the local signwriting community,” says editor Ryan Donnelly. “That was one of a few slang words in Australia that referred to one’s quickstyle—a practiced lettering style unique to each signwriter. Internationally it is commonly known as a casual style.”

The first issue features interviews with: Chris Dobell of Dobell Signs, Phillip Constantine of Constantine Signs, and Gaston Castagnet of Doomsday Signs. You can pre-order it now at It’s 60 full-color pages, 210x297mm (roughly 8-by-11-in.).


New mural in the top Texas Visitor’s Center

The mural you see here is one that Sharon Flippin [AdArt DeSigns, San Angelo, Texas] did recently for the San Angelo Visitors Center. The Center just received an award for the Best Visitors Center in Texas, and SignCraft is sure Sharon’s work contributed to the Center’s success. Sharon has been painting signs since 1977 and her work was first featured in the July/August 1987 issue of SignCraft.


The latest edition of BLAG is out

The Winter edition of BLAG, the Better Letters magazine for sign painters, is ready to mail. It’s packed with articles and photos of painted signs and other graphics, both old and new. You’ll find protest signs, faux neon lettering, ghost signs, vintage movie posters, type design and more.

It’s 84 pages of ideas and inspiration, including a calligraphic alphabet by Rob Cooper. You can learn more, order your copy and see much more related material at BLAG online,


The Zombie Robot Sign Guy

Howard Bertram may be retired, but that hasn’t kept him from speculating how AI will affect sign painters. He sent along this cartoon entitled, “The Zombie Robot Sign Guy” which shows how he thinks things may go.