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January

PVC monuments deliver durability and lots of appeal

January 30th, 2023 by

A monument sign delivers a much different look and message than a sign panel mounted between two posts. The additional mass of its… Read More

Free lunch? Send us your Tips & Tricks!

January 29th, 2023 by

Chester Board, a sign painter friend of mine, told me once how traveling sign painters used to stop by his shop, looking for… Read More

Adam Straus: Growing a custom sign business

January 23rd, 2023 by

Sometimes a high school job can lead you to a lifelong career. For Adam Straus, a high school co-op job landed him in… Read More

Q&A: Are heat transfer t-shirt graphics durable?

January 22nd, 2023 by

Readers want to know: “Are heat transfer t-shirt graphics as durable as screen printed? What’s the best way to produce them?” This reader… Read More

Cut out the words to send a powerful message

January 16th, 2023 by

One of the benefits of using cut-out letters on a sign on a building is that it transforms the building itself into a… Read More

Signs We’ve Seen: Signs of London

January 15th, 2023 by

Here’s another case of a sign designer on vacation—and snapping photos of cool signs along the way. This time, it was David Showalter… Read More

Make the main message shout

January 9th, 2023 by

We naturally notice larger things first. They’re more obvious and more noticeable. The Mack truck beside you in traffic is more conspicuous than… Read More

Tip: Finish the graphics before sandblasting

January 8th, 2023 by

I like the clean, sharp edges you get when you paint a panel before sandblasting. But sandblast stencil doesn’t adhere well to the… Read More

9 tips for creating clean contemporary sign designs

January 2nd, 2023 by

You don’t have to look very far these days to see the latest trend in graphic design. You’ll find very clean, very simple… Read More

The trendsetting work of the late Chester Cunningham

January 2nd, 2023 by

Back in the late 1970s and early ’80s, you couldn’t talk about sign design in a sign shop for very long before Chester… Read More

December

George Seelander’s classic hand drawn sketches

December 26th, 2022 by

George Seelander prepared hand drawn and tempera painted layouts long before people were even dreaming of using computers for their design work. Sketches… Read More

Q & A: How do you improve vinyl adhesion on exterior acrylic paint?

December 25th, 2022 by

“Vinyl graphics don’t always adhere well to exterior acrylic latex paint. Some letters want to lift with the application tape and letters may… Read More