Author Archives: Bob Behounek

Bob Behounek has spent over 40 years as a sign artist and pinstriper in the Chicago, Illinois, area.

Design Clinic: 4×8 for an art gallery

The best laid plans sometimes do not work out well when art and artists are involved. One group specializes in one type of… Read More

Design Clinic: Banner makeover

How many banners do we see strung up between two posts these days? They seem to be everywhere. Crumpled, leaning to one side… Read More

Design Clinic: Cargo van

Cargo van graphics always seem to catch my eye. They give you a big canvas to work with, and plenty of room to… Read More

Design Clinic: A-frame sign

When you’re driving around town each day, you can’t help seeing the good signs as well as the not-so-good ones. Here’s one that… Read More

Design Clinic: Truck lettering

When someone pulls up to the shop in a stark white truck, looking to upgrade the image of the business he just purchased,… Read More

Design Clinic: 4-by-8 sign for a pet hospital

It’s not very often these days that a client walks into the shop, looking for a repaint on an existing sign. That’s what… Read More

Design Clinic: Sale banner

What happens when a client decides to take matters into his own hands and places signage out to promote a certain type of… Read More

Design Clinic: New look for a pizza shop

When it comes to business, things change every day. Circumstances send owners from one interest to another. Let’s say that was the case… Read More

Design Clinic: Sign faces for an auto repair shop

Tenant signs on directories can be a challenge, no doubt. Often there is a lot of visual competition on a directory, and clutter… Read More

Design Clinic: Freestanding sign for a nursery

I was heading to the store the other day when I spotted a very plain, uninteresting sign. Normally I zip right by signage… Read More

Design Clinic: Illuminated sign for a vet clinic

Sign layouts like this example seem to become more common with each passing day. What scenario could have led to this small animal hospital sign? With… Read More

Design Clinic: Box van graphics

I know what you are thinking. But, no—I did not make this one up. This is as real as it gets, from a… Read More

Design Clinic: Monument sign

This design clinic is an example of a familiar problem, like many of the others we have worked on recently. Certainly there is… Read More

Design Clinic: Storefront banner

Unlike the other signs I have redesigned in previous Design Clinics, this one does not have the usual white background. Rather, our subject… Read More

Design Clinic: Storefront 4-by-8

Not so long, when we talked about “classic signs” we meant something unique and special. But the project for this Design Clinic is… Read More

Design Clinic: Storefront sign

As I travel around town, my hope of finding signage that creates interest and intrigue is dwindling. The overall lack of design leaves… Read More

Design Clinic: Storefront sign for a tailor

Summer has arrived, and as I wheel past the typical strip malls I see plenty of signs similar to this example: A fascia… Read More