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    Posted by Bob Gilliland on May 17, 2002 at 3:03 pm

    Hello Everyone,

    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.


    Bob Gilliland replied 21 years, 11 months ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Mike Brown

    May 17, 2002 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Bob…read your post with interest and a lot of nodding too! 😉

    I couldn’t agree more then with the points you make in the last paragraph.

    look forward to chewing the fat with you on occasions…

    more soon

  • Robert Lambie

    May 17, 2002 at 9:21 pm

    hi bob and welcome to the boards mate.
    im glad you have chosen to post messages. we are not the biggest sign community, but we try our best to help out, and keep the boards interesting.
    i like mike agree with your comments. and i hope to see more of you on our website.

    thanks for giving up time from your day to submit somthing. 😛

  • Bob Gilliland

    May 18, 2002 at 2:20 am

    Thanks Mike and Robert.

    You say welcome now; lets see how long that last’s!

    I have been accused of having diarrhea of the mouth and it has now spread to my fingers. (long winded posts) In fact, the person that informed about this board did it to see if I could put you guys to sleep. I think he got tired of spending 15 minutes to get to the end of my replies. 😳

  • Steve Broughton

    May 18, 2002 at 7:28 am

    😀 Hey Bob don’t worry mate, with your longwindedness, roberts crappy spelling and mike being wierd in general it should be quite interesting. 😛 😕 8) 😆

  • Andrew Blackett

    May 18, 2002 at 9:29 am

    don’t worry about it bob, nice to see a new face on the boards. I’m sure that last paragraph of your initial post is a view shared by a lot of the members of the board, they might not say it though 😉


  • Martin Pearson

    May 18, 2002 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Bob, don’t worry about being longwinded I think we all can be at times. One of the reasons for me joining the group was to learn more about the industry, especially sign design, layout etc. Like you I have seen far to many technically correct but uninteresting signs.
    It will be nice to get the views of someone across the pond. Tell us whats going on over there and maybe post a couple of examples of signs good or bad.

  • Robert Lambie

    May 19, 2002 at 5:47 pm

    In my view someone that gives long replies either has allot to say (which is good for the boards) or someone that knows a lot. (Again good for the boards)
    I like answers in any form really. But lets face it, The posts like yours normally go on and on because you are going into great depth.
    Everyone including myself can only welcome this. As im sure we all learn something from them.

    Oh and steve! Where is that pic of you mate. Even the new comers are posting pics.
    You aint hiding from us all now are you? "The Voice from beyond"

  • Bob Gilliland

    May 25, 2002 at 9:48 pm


    quote :

    In my view someone that gives long replies either has allot to say (which is good for the boards) or someone that knows a lot. (Again good for the boards)

    Or they like to hear themselves type! 😉


    That “colour” thing, that’s a Canadian issue to, eh! 😉

    Thanks again everyone for the welcome.

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