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More great substrate storage rack designs

Our recent feature, Build one of these handy racks to store sheet goods, brought us more great designs for sheet goods storage racks…. Read More

What would you get for this 4×10 ACM sign?

Jot down your price for this project: The owner of a towing company whose trucks you letter is opening a speed shop. He… Read More

Fancy isn’t always better

Neuropsychology has recently “discovered” something that top sign designers have known for a long time: Clean, simple letter styles are read much faster… Read More

Build one of these handy racks to store sheet goods

Handling and storing sheet goods is a fact of life in the sign business. Doing it efficiently takes the hassle away, speeds production… Read More

Add power to your sign designs

Would you like your layouts to look like this: Instead of this: The bottom version certainly gets the job done, but the top… Read More

Use Instagram to market your sign work

Ever since we started sharing photos of great-looking signs every day on Instagram (you’ll find us at @signcraftmagazine), we’ve heard from sign people… Read More

Try this easy approach to estimating

Ever wish there was a formula you could use to check your pricing? Here’s one we learned about from Jim Jackson of Artcraft… Read More

Custom PVC posts are an easy upgrade to sell

Custom posts and mountings are a great way to make signs more appealing and more effective. They make the sign more obvious—without adding… Read More

The secrets of killer truck lettering design

Good design never goes out of date, and that’s as true of vehicle graphics as it is about architecture or furniture design. Recently,… Read More

Flat graphic? Add texture with Gorilla Glue

Texture always adds appeal to a sign design. It creates contrast to the otherwise flat surfaces of the sign, and contrast catches the… Read More

Great-looking interior signs the easy way

Like many shops, Dennis Stanworth, Stanworth Signs, often gets requests for interior signs. Since these signs are seen at arm’s length, he wanted… Read More

Install a sign on two posts the easy way

Installing a sign that is mounted on two posts is a fairly routine project in the sign world. Being able to do that… Read More

Put a little curve on it

You see a lot of flat signs, and you see a fair amount of 3D signs with flat layers—but you don’t see very… Read More

Get great design ideas on your phone every day

One thing you never have enough of in the sign business is fresh ideas and design inspiration. You’re constantly pressed to come up… Read More

Fix a cutter that doesn’t cut graphics completely

It’s really frustrating to start weeding a contour cut print/lam job only to find that some of the cuts are incomplete because the… Read More

Download this helpful sales tool

Even when you make them every day, it’s easy to overlook some of the potential sign needs of your customers. Dan Mika created… Read More

6 ways to get control of your business

There have been a lot of great articles in SignCraft over the years—helpful pointers on design, color, techniques and more. Many veteran sign… Read More

Build this portable easel and storage unit

One thing that few sign shops have enough of is workspace. Kris Connors at Custom Sculpture & Sign Co. found that two of… Read More

Put the power of layers to work

The world of signs, it seems, is mostly flat. Printed graphics can do a lot to simulate dimension, but still nothing beats the… Read More

Six reasons to trust your sign designer

This space usually features ideas for creative sign makers, but this time it’s about how to cash in on the great value that… Read More