Category Archives: Articles

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

Design Clinic: A few recent projects

Once upon a time, when hand-crafted things were the rule and not the exception, craftspeople seemed to understand what it was going to… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this freestanding sign?

Materials: One sheet of ½-in. PVC board: $121.54 PVC posts and finials: $68.12 One sheet ¾-in. overlaid plywood: $86.82 Cutting charge: $4.85 Cutting/painting… Read More

A sign for the chicken house

I often get asked if we ever make signs for “the real world.” The answer is yes, though the bulk of our creative… Read More

The responsibility of designers

I was speaking to clients—a husband and wife team—the other day about a new brand and truck wrap we were designing for them…. 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

CNC-routed graphics deliver value

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

Organizing and backing up your clipart and photos

More than likely, you have a large inventory of clipart you’ve purchased over the years. But, there’s a catch. The more you buy,… Read More

Overcoming white truck syndrome

If a small business owner needs a new truck and wants to make a good deal on one, it’s probably going to be… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this 26-by-40-in. sign?

Materials: Substrate: $19.33 Cast metallic gold vinyl (4 ft. x 15 in.): $5.71 Cast white vinyl (4 ft. x 15 in.): $5.01 Removable… Read More

Laser-cut T-shirt transfer film

Another of the tasks a laser cutter/engraver excels at is cutting heat transfer stencils for sportswear graphics. The laser’s ability to cut extremely… Read More

Design Clinic: 4×8 for an art gallery

The best laid plans sometimes do not work out well when art and artists are involved. One group specializes in one type of… Read More

Trademark basics: What you need to know

As designers, we share a responsibility in making sure we have a basic understanding of the laws surrounding the creation of artwork and… Read More

A big project done on “island time”

Many projects can seem to take a long time in our shop, but a recently completed job holds the all-time record! They say… Read More