Wanted to give an official “Hello” to everyone here. I frequent and participate in a few other sign related boards, hope to add this one to the “regular” visit list as well. And I’ll apologize up front right now; I’m a typical self absorbed American that doesn’t know much about life abroad. I’ll do my best to give money figures in GBP, not USD, attempt to use metric when giving dimensions, and not to call everyone “chap”.
Any other pitfalls to be aware of? 😉
As time permits, I’ve been reading prior posts in all the forums in an attempt to get the “feel” or “tone” of how things are approached and discussed here. The other sign boards that I frequent have their own “tone”, even if there are similar people who participate on each. Somewhat interesting at times, a bit frustrating at others.
I came to the sign trade by way of technology in early 1996. I perceive that I swim against the stream compared to other “computer” operators that are pouring into this business; as I thirst to understand layout and composition, color theory, letter construction, etc. To me, technology advancements in this trade are tools that still require competent and skilled craftspeople to produce outstanding signage. To me, that can’t be bought from a shrink-wrapped package off the shelf or by acquiring the latest and greatest piece of hardware. I have witnessed many very accurate, yet extremely ugly signs produced from digital printing equipment. 🙁 I happy to report that I have also observed some real works of art from the same equipment. 🙂 How true it is; junk in, junk out. At this point, computers that we use on a daily basis only do what they are told to, and that’s not necessarily always a good thing!
Thanks for the site and the opportunity to share.