Category Archives: Articles

The laser makes short-run POP displays practical

“I know that some sign people find a niche for their laser work then more or less stay there,” says Mike Duran, Insight… Read More

Design Clinic: Cargo van

Cargo van graphics always seem to catch my eye. They give you a big canvas to work with, and plenty of room to… Read More

6 steps to better pinstriping designs

What really makes a good design in pinstriping? Have you ever tried to break it down and see why certain designs work better… Read More

A sign maker’s dream

Imagine a project where the first thing on the agenda are the signs. This is before the business is named, before the buildings… Read More

Designer at work: Rich Dombey

Rich Dombey shifted his focus to truck lettering years ago—designing logos and vehicle graphics for service businesses like landscapers, contractors and towing companies…. Read More

Hank Pryor

Shop name: Kingdom Productions Shop size: 12,100 sq. ft. Staff: 16 Age: 59 Graphics equipment: AXYZ 5-by-12 CNC router PlasmaCAM CNC Plasma Cutter… Read More

Jake Flurer

Shop name: Jake Lettering & Design Shop size: 1200 sq. ft. Staff: Jake and Janet Flurer Age: 58 Graphics equipment: Roland TruVIS VG-540… Read More

Design & Price: Box 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

What’s it cost to replace the 4-by-8-ft. faces on this monument?

Materials: 4 sheets of 3/4-in. PVC board: $800 Aluminum frame and hardware: $350 Paint and misc.: $150 Total materials: $1300 Labor: Design/sales: 1… Read More


Robert Lee Dear SignCraft, In August, I lost a good friend and mentor, Bob Lee. I met Bob over 37 years ago when… 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… 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

Search for layout ideas on stock photo sites The world of sign design moves closer to the world of graphic design every day…. Read More

Rebranding my own small business

In the 22 years since I founded Graphic D-Signs, I’ve helped rebrand more than 1,000 small businesses around the globe. I’ve always understood… Read More

Knock someone out with an incredible envelope

I started doing custom envelopes about 20 years ago, for fun gifts for friends. Over the years, though, they have greatly influenced my… Read More

CNC routers deliver head-turning signage

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

Designer at work: Sean Beauchamp

Southpaw Studios is one of those combination design studio/sign shop/ unique fabrication shops. It was born as a sign shop focused on painted… Read More

Adobe Illustrator basics

Have you ever loaded Adobe Illustrator on your computer, then tried to figure out how to do some of the most basic functions,… Read More

From engraved plaques to cut steel signage, lasers do it all

Having a laser in your shop almost always means a broad range of work—from cell phone cases and key fobs to signage. Customers… 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