Author Archives: SignCraft Magazine

You did their sign. How about their T-shirts?

Next time you’re in a store, take note of all the printed t-shirts on the people around you, many advertising local businesses. Printed… Read More

Digital printing: almost everywhere

It seems there is no end to opportunities to use digital printing for signage. Vehicles, walls, illustrations, floors, windows, banners—you find digital prints… Read More

Pinstriped panels for fun and profit

In my free time, and in an effort to make extra cash, I use panels as a nice experiment in color and designing… Read More

Designer at work: David Showalter

David Showalter sent us photos of his shop truck in SignCraft’s early days. He was a young, creative sign painter with a very… Read More

Jason Hakki

Shop name: Rapid Gantry Custom Signs Shop size: 1000 sq. ft. Age: 30 Graphics equipment: MultiCam CNC router Laser engraver Online: www.rapidgantry.ca On… Read More

Matt Beckner

Shop name: Ion Graphics Shop size: 2400 sq. ft. Age: 42 Graphics equipment: Roland VersaCAM 300SP Graphtec 6000 Series cutter Summa 60 cutter… Read More

Design & Price: 3D hanging sign

In every issue, SignCraft gives a few sign makers an imaginary project. We ask them to do a sketch of the sign they… Read More

Letters

Mike Lavallee: 1960-2020 Mike Lavallee, pinstriper, airbrush artist and sign painter, died on April 14, 2020. Mike was the highly respected creator of… Read More

Shop Trucks

Chris Bryant, Bryant Signs, Puyallup, Washington “A long time ago,” says Chris Bryant, Bryant Signs, Puyallup, Washington, “while at a coffee shop near… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Have a tip to share? Be a part of SignCraft! Share your favorite shortcuts, gadgets used in your shop and other time-savers. Email… Read More

Drop the lettering down on the doors

One of the fundamentals of sign layout is to put the primary copy in the optical center of the panel. On a truck,… Read More

More sign shop display areas

A couple of Trade Secrets ago, we shared photos of the display areas of a few top sign makers to show how sample… Read More

Dealing with a bad customer-provided design

A customer comes to you with a design they made up and want to use it for their sign. You know it’s going… Read More

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Get the most from sign substrates

Sourcelist: substrates Acrylic sheet Plaskolite Aluminum composite material/ACM 3A Composites USA Grimco Laminators Inc. Mitsubishi Plastic Composites Nudo Products Inc. United Industries Engraving… Read More

Samples and photos make sales easier

Whether it’s a simple display on the office wall or a large showroom, one of the best tools for marketing your work are… Read More

Design & Price: 4×8 real estate sign

In every issue, SignCraft gives a few sign makers an imaginary project. We ask them to do a sketch of the sign they… Read More

John Hannukaine: Still pulling lines

Back in 1997, John Hannukaine literally wrote the book on pinstriping with his Pinstriping and Vehicle Graphics, published by SignCraft. In 120 pages… Read More