Category Archives: Articles

6 ways to ramp up your sign designs

So you’ve got a few sign design projects waiting for you, and you’re looking for fresh ways to make them interesting and appealing…. Read More

Modifying a customer’s logo for their signage

When a graphic designer produces a logo, there is often little thought given to how it will work on sign formats. But that… Read More

Finishing HDU board

We have been using acrylic latex water-based paints for all of our HDU signs for about the past 20 years. We use a… Read More

Back in the day: Lawrence Frey

“When I was first featured in SignCraft,” says Ray Sauder [Raynbow Signs, Palmerton, Ontario, Canada], “I mentioned the signpainter who dug an old… Read More

Learn the basics of the San Jose approach to sign layout

The most profitable skill a sign maker can possess is to be able to create effective, appealing layouts—quickly. That’s where understanding the principles… Read More

Follow-up: The Dobell Brothers

Shop Name: Dobell Sign Co. Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Ages: Chris is 48, Stu is 43. Online: Instagram: @dobellsignco Facebook: dobellsignco… Read More

A door to opportunity

In our book, a sign is anything that draws attention to our customer’s business, products or service. An obvious place to start is… Read More

Signs We’ve Seen: July 2021

Check out this creative sign work by SignCraft’s readers. We’re always interested in seeing your work or photos of great-looking signs you’ve seen…. Read More

Bob Parsons

Ever been guilty of the “Faux double coat?” By the looks of Bob Parsons’ [Bob Parsons/Artist, Anchorage, AK] latest cartoon, that went badly… Read More

Simple signs that look sensational

When you work in a small town, you don’t get many opportunities to make those signs that we all consider “masterpieces.” Port Dover,… Read More

Tips & Tricks: More help on vinyl removal

I just read Brad Getter’s excellent article on vinyl removal. Vinyl may be quicker to put on than paint, but getting it off—oy… Read More

Letters June 2021

Often sign makers are called on for projects that are a little outside the realm of general commercial sign work—like giant Oreo cookies… Read More

Profile: Laura Walker

Shop name: Laura’s Custom Artworks Shop size: 2500 sq. ft. Graphics equipment: Gerber Omega design software Gerber GSX cutter Roland SG-300 printer Gerber… Read More

Stripes & Graphics: What’s on your tailgate?

For most people, a tailgate is a way to keep things from falling out of the bed of a pickup truck. For Bill… Read More

The Keene System: Fabricating strong, lightweight sign structures

Many businesses need a large sign—a big storefront sign or monument sign. A 3-D sign face mounted on posts or bolted to the… Read More

Tips & Tricks: Successful vehicle graphic installation

When cleaning a vehicle, I start by washing the graphics area with auto windshield cleaner, which will not freeze, with a half-cup of… Read More

Tips & Tricks: Dealing with an ineffective customer-provided design

It’s always tough to try to change someone’s design, even if you know it’s terrible. I’m not a designer, but I’ve owned a… Read More

Tips & Tricks: Vinyl removal with a razor scraper

I’ve removed a lot of vinyl film over the years and can speak to the fact that it is not a pleasant task…. Read More

Tips & Tricks: Show customers the color possibilities for pinstriping

Color is a critical factor in pinstriping, and it can be hard for some customers to express what color they like and don’t… Read More

Put those classic panel shapes to work

Creating clean readable signage is more than a matter of merely typing out the text and hoping the general public finds time to… Read More