Author Archives: SignCraft Magazine

Tighten up the spacing

Let’s face it. Many signs just aren’t as easy to read as they could be. They aren’t as legible or visually strong as… Read More

Substrate roundup: Balancing cost and performance

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

Designer at work: Randy Howe

Randy Howe’s shop, Getzum Exposure, is in the small town of Port Dover on the shores of Lake Erie. It’s a small town… Read More

Stripes & Graphics: Ken Klim

Along with the 4-by-8s, storefront signs and truck lettering jobs at his sign shop, Ken Klim has always done plenty of pinstriping—and automotive… Read More

Profile: Danny Dean

Shop name: Dynamic Signs Design Shop size: 1200 sq. ft. Staff: Danny and Sherry Dean Age: 60 Graphics equipment: Graphtec FC-5100 cutter ULTRA-Flex… Read More

Profile: Donna Larocque

Shop name: Donna Larocque’s Sign Shoppe Shop size: 560 sq. ft. Staff: Donna plus part-time help as needed Graphics equipment: Graphtec CE5000-60 cutter… Read More

Design & Price: Tow 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

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

Letters

Who needs dimensions? Dear SignCraft, Thought you might like this photo I got from a customer when I asked them to send measurements… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Using Evernote for job tracking and history I use the Evernote app to keep track of all customer communications, which is something I… Read More

How others get paid for sign design

We recently asked readers of our Trade Secrets e-letter if and how they charged for sign design. The survey was sparked by a… Read More

Do others charge for sign design?

The other day, we got an interesting email from a reader about a topic we’ve heard about many times before: Why do many… Read More

David DeMeo

Shop name: Sign Effects Shop size: 5000 sq. ft. Staff: 3 full-time and 2 part-time Age: 47 Graphics equipment: Roland 545 printer/cutter Roland… Read More

Why a laser fits so well in a sign shop

Source list: Laser engraving/cutting Acsys Laser www.acsyslaser.com AP Lazer www.aplazer.com Boss Laser www.bosslaser.com Epilog Laser www.epiloglaser.com Gravograph www.gravograph.com Trotec Laser www.troteclaser.com Universal Laser… Read More

Designer at work: Curt Stenz

1970 found Curt Stenz lettering his first signs in his parents’ basement and doing posters at high school. From there it was a… Read More

Pinstriping in the sign shop

While some pinstripers have a specific niche that they focus on—like bikes or street rods or classic cars—and primarily do pinstriping, plenty of… Read More

Rodger MacMunn

Shop name: T.R. MacMunn & Sons Shop size: 732 sq. ft. Staff: Rodger and Sharon MacMunn Age: 63 Graphics equipment: Roland CAMM-1 Gs24… Read More

Design & Price: 32-sq.-ft. freestanding 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

Spared from the dumpster Dear SignCraft, Here’s a sign with a history. The redwood in this sign was from a tree that had… 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