Sign Painters

Art and Design

“There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.” – Sign Painters
I love the look of professionally hand-painted signs, especially old ones for mom-and-pop shops. So when I found this documentary about sign painters, I was pretty intrigued. The people that do this kind of work are amazing artists, with steady hands and lots of patience. I tip my hat to them. They have helped transform the graphic design world, typography especially, and have inspired others with their creative signage.

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