Author Archives: SignCraft Magazine

Stripes & Graphics: Hone your skills on helmets

Racecar helmets, goalie masks, lacrosse helmets, helmets for skydivers— pinstripers get to do them all. A helmet is a small and challenging canvas:… Read More

Mike and Jay Szczoczarz

When you open a sign business, you may imagine or wonder if your son or daughter might someday work with you and eventually… Read More

Design & Price: 4-by-12-ft. banner

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

An oil can guitar for a sign painter Dear SignCraft, I made three oil can guitars for an impromptu band that we put… 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

Design bundles are a good buy I have been buying design bundles from DesignCuts.com fairly often in the past year or so. Each… Read More

Add a layer, up the value

Suppose there was one production technique that you could use to add 35% or more to the value of a sign. The same… Read More

Give ’em a sticker and sell more signs

Here’s an easy-to-use tip that Rich Dombey of Rich Designs Inc. shared with SignCraft years ago. We’ve heard from many readers who have… Read More

6 tips for success with architectural letters

Sourcelist: Architectural letters ARK Ramos: www.arkramos.com Gemini Sign Products: www.geminisignproducts.com Metal Arts: www.mtlarts.com Steel Arts: www.steelartco.com When longevity and durability matter, architectural letters… Read More

Stripes and graphics in a small market

For Mike Chamberlin and Mark Kramer, hand lettering led to an interest in pinstriping— as it has for many sign painters. If you… Read More

Lasers lead to new markets

Most of the market for laser-engraved and laser-cut graphics didn’t exist before the laser. It simply wasn’t possible to cut with such precision,… Read More

Designer at work: Peter Poanessa

Peter Poanessa was first featured in SignCraft’s September/October 1991 issue. Back then, he mentioned he loved “going to work every Monday”—and he still… Read More

Profile: Barry Robertson

Shop name: Robertson Signs Shop size: 500 sq. ft. Staff: 3 Age: 34 Graphics equipment: Easysign software Two Graphtek plotters Online: www.robertson-signs.co.uk Today… Read More

Profile: Robert Lusk

Shop name: Old Town Sign Co. Shop size: 750 sq. ft. Staff: up to 4 at times Age: 49 Graphics equipment: Mimaki printer… Read More

Design & Price: Wall-mounted 3-D 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

Ted Maddock For over 60 years, Ted Maddock produced creative signs in the San Jose, California, area. He was first featured in SignCraft… 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

Finding fresh ideas for effective sign layouts If you’re looking for “eye grabbing” ideas for trucks, signs and banners, try this. Walk quickly… Read More

Download this scaling target to place vehicle graphics perfectly

There’s something powerful about showing a customer the design you created for their vehicle on a photo of their vehicle. There’s no mystery… Read More

Put an end to cash flow hassles

Two of the persistent problems of the sign business are maintaining a steady cash flow and spending time collecting balances on completed projects…. Read More