Author Archives: SignCraft Magazine

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 AP Lazer Boss Laser Epilog Laser Gravograph Trotec Laser 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


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 or to SignCraft, P.O. Box 60031, Fort Myers, FL 33906. Read this… Read More

Signs We’ve Seen

We’d like to see your work! …or photos of signs you’ve seen. Email them today to or mail to SignCraft, PO Box… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Move and flip sheets by yourself! I built this rolling table/cart to help move heavy sheet materials. I had seen one online, but… Read More

Download the plans for this terrific shop cart

There’s nothing easy or fun about lugging 4×8 sheets of sign materials around the shop. The heavier the substrate (and the older you… Read More

Shop Cart: Tips & Tricks

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Shop Cart: Vector

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Shop Cart: Drawing

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Tired of just breaking even? Try this.

There’s a real pearl of wisdom in the What’s It Cost to Produce this Freestanding Sign? article in the upcoming issue of SignCraft…. Read More

Get your files under control

How do you keep track of your past projects and the files, images and details that go with each one? Some shops have… Read More