Author Archives: SignCraft Magazine

6 ways to get control of your business

There have been a lot of great articles in SignCraft over the years—helpful pointers on design, color, techniques and more. Many veteran sign… Read More

Finding a market for laser cutting and engraving

Cutting letters and graphics for signs is a natural for the laser, but there is a lot more work out there for the… Read More

Design & Price: Truck lettering

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

Vince on stripes and lines

Vince Balistreri was in his early 20s, doing custom paint work in a body shop, when he first tried his hand at pinstriping…. Read More

Periandros Damoulis

Shop name: Senior designer at House of Signs, Frisco, Colorado and launching Periandros-Design.com Age: 54 Graphics equipment: Vectric Aspire Autodesk Artcam Pro Autodesk… Read More

Erik Dickson

Shop name: Erik Dickson Shop size: 2500 sq. ft. Staff: Erik and Cheryl Dickson Age: 56 Graphics equipment: Gerber 15- and 30-in. plotters… Read More

John Liptak

Shop name: Liptak Signs Shop size: 1000 sq. ft. Age: 62 Graphics equipment: ShopBot 4×8 CNC router 30-in. Graphtek plotter Online: www.liptaksigns.com This… Read More

Mark Yearwood

Shop name: Yearwood Design Works Shop size: 1700 sq. ft. Age: 55 Graphics equipment: Graphtec and Roland cutters FlexiSign sign making software Photoshop… Read More

Before and after: The details make the difference

It’s been said “the devil is in the details”—and this is painfully true in sign design. Those details can make the difference between… Read More

Letters

From satellite dish to stained glass window Dear SignCraft, Recently a pastor asked my help in turning a large discarded satellite dish into… Read More

Shop Trucks

Send us a photo of your shop truck today at signcraft@signcraft.com or to SignCraft, P.O. Box 60031, Fort Myers, FL 33906. Read this… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Try a two-tone blackboard I’ve used a two-tone blackboard many times to add a subtle logo to signs like this. I use greenboard… Read More

Build this portable easel and storage unit

One thing that few sign shops have enough of is workspace. Kris Connors at Custom Sculpture & Sign Co. found that two of… Read More

Put the power of layers to work

The world of signs, it seems, is mostly flat. Printed graphics can do a lot to simulate dimension, but still nothing beats the… Read More

Six reasons to trust your sign designer

This space usually features ideas for creative sign makers, but this time it’s about how to cash in on the great value that… Read More

CNC routing lets you sell the value that 3D adds

Sourcelist These companies offer products for CNC sign production and reach sign pros through SignCraft: CNC equipment AXYZ CAMaster Industries Gerber Scientific Products… Read More

Design & Price: Window lettering

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

Cracking the laser marking and ID market

Although it’s amazing to see incredible detailed graphics, illustrations or even portraits rendered by laser, a far more common use is laser marking—identifying… Read More

Designer at work: Dave Correll

Dave Correll’s 35-year career in the sign business has taken him in a lot of directions, from sign painting to 3D sign making… Read More

Darren Wenzel

Shop name: Gasoline Art Shop size: 1440 sq. ft. Age: 47 Graphics equipment: Plenty of brushes and airbrushes plus a Roland VG-540 printer/cutter… Read More