• Sign Magazines

    Posted by Deleted User on August 13, 2004 at 11:52 am

    Hi, can anyone recommend any good UK sign magazines and where you can get them? Have seen sign update, is that available in the shops or just via subscription?


    skraes replied 18 years, 9 months ago 15 Members · 16 Replies
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  • Kevin.Beck

    August 13, 2004 at 11:59 am

    sign update is available via subscription.

    But whats always puzzled me is why do we pay for it!!

    I have atleast 3 other trade mags ( screen printing/embroidery etc) and those are free, paid for by the advertising..

  • Steve Broughton

    August 13, 2004 at 12:44 pm

    Of the UK ones then I’d say Sign-Link http://www.sign-link.com is the best of a bad bunch, the only sign mag I have a subscription for is Signcraft http://www.signcraft.com its a US based mag but often covers signmakers from the UK, its available here http://www.handover.co.uk

  • Brian Hays

    August 13, 2004 at 1:39 pm

    Maybe I should start advertising in the Car & Bike mags Dewi? 🙂

    Looks like none of you read the Sign Mags!

  • Graeme Speirs

    August 13, 2004 at 1:50 pm

    from what I can tell the best thing is to save your money and sign up on here for gold membership as you get more than enough industry news, product reviews (impartial I might add!) and advice. 🙂

  • Chris Wool

    August 13, 2004 at 3:24 pm

    i have never suscribed but they keep sending me 3 different ones every month or so foc i find the odd bit of use in the adds at the back but have to say full membership here is very well spent you could save the cost of a full year from buying a bit of kit.


  • J. Hulme

    August 14, 2004 at 10:56 pm


    Absolutely no use of course unless you use screen or digital print , free trade magazines are more than welcome at my letterbox and should be considered an asset, a lot of hard work goes into the production of these paid by (large business) advertisers to benefit the small businessman , don’t knock it. 😉

  • Steven Griffiths

    August 16, 2004 at 12:17 am

    I find that sign update mag a bit rubbish. all adverts. maybe we should all get together and do a mag ourselves. Tutorials, adds and much more. just a thought.

  • Jill Marie Welsh

    August 16, 2004 at 12:45 am

    I know I’m not UK, but
    A Magazine About Letterheads (AMAL)
    ships there for $32 a year.
    It is now produced in Pittsburgh by Jeff Lang.
    It comes out about 4 times a year and is full of eye candy.
    I also subscribe to SignCraft, Sign Business,
    Signs of the Times, and Sign Builder Illustrated comes free in the mail.
    While I love to use these all for reference, I get much more instant info
    from the many sign sites out there.
    The UK Signboards is a wonderful place to learn and share.

  • Robert Lambie

    August 16, 2004 at 8:37 am

    Sign mags are a touchy subject for all I feel.
    We know what we want and are sick tired of asking, yet nothing gets done.
    We have 4 sign mags almost 5. 😕
    Signworld, very thin magazine, mostly adverts and a few stories of some high flyers moving company.
    Sign directions, nicely laid out magazine, but again, very thin. Were they don’t have an advert they have some industry news & some info on buy outs or huge corporate signing projects by normally the same time and time again companies.
    Sign update, so far ide say it the best of the bunch, but! Same thing again, adverts adverts adverts. Corporate news, employment moves etc there is sometimes the odd little clippet on a smaller company doing something but few and far between. What it does have going for it that they aren’t afraid to show large pictures of work, close ups and spread the story over a few pages. It makes much better reading because at the end of the day our work is very visual. No point putting a fascia design the size of a stamp for us to squint our eyes at is there?
    Sign business, I signed up for this magazine was due to be released next month I think. Their promises of demos, interviews etc all sounded great. Sadly I got an email telling me they are now shelving publication and if you want the mag you need to subscribe to their sister company in the states…
    Sign link, the newest of the mags and the one with a step in the right direction. Or so I thought! My first impression was that the magazine was made very cheaply, dodgy matt front cover and what felt like semi-gloss newspaper for the internal pages. General layout and design was poor. I didn’t mind so much as I thought, well if this is what it takes to get a magazine with the proper content off the ground, then so be it.
    After discussing stuff with me of what they wished to happen I was more than happy to work with them, offering stories, galleries, demos and the like from all our visitors.
    After working for several months on content for the magazine. I quickly found out that they did not really know what we are all after, or care! Picture images submitted for demos were tiny, spelling was bad (coming from me that’s not good) and they only put in what they really wanted. Nothing more! Even though they had “plenty” given…
    a more recent mistake I saw “Front cover” read Mac Tac in 2 lines, separate words then awards. Their main story title wrong…
    Their promise of a mag every month is now few and far between. Are they going to disappear within the first year? Hope not! Although “to me” they got of to a rocky start, I still think it could be pulled back together & if kept on track could become a winner. Only time will tell… Does it take the route of other mags or become the next UK signcraft?

  • John Singh

    August 16, 2004 at 8:58 pm

    Sign Mags: It almost seems like they are in another time warp.
    The stuff they discuss seems to bear no resemblance to what I’m involved in from day to day (Which I thought was signmaking)
    It very heavy corporate stuff

    Is it to tempt us to part with wods of notes? Well of course that’s a daft question

    For most of us with a restricted budget we may take a quick glance at the merchandise and then move on, like a frugal man walking nervously through Las Vagas and wondering whether he will reach the end with money still in his wallet or whether he has sold his soul to the Devil


  • Carrie Brown

    August 16, 2004 at 9:26 pm

    we get a few through the door…. but as already stated, full of adverts, adverts, write ups about huge companies, adverts, more big companies, bit more blurble and nothing about the lil ole signmakers or their work!!

    Carrie 😀

  • John Wilson

    August 27, 2005 at 7:43 am

    I just stick to mags like Dynamic Graphics and Computer Arts at the moment since I cant really see a decent signage mag yet 🙁

  • Andrew Bennett

    August 27, 2005 at 11:14 am
    quote Jill Marie Welsh:

    I know I’m not UK, but
    Sign Builder Illustrated comes free in the mail.
    Love Jill

    Apparently it’s coming to the Uk sometime soon.
    Robert any idea’s

  • Robert Lambie

    August 27, 2005 at 11:17 am

    this maybe the ones that contacted me in the past, pretty sure of it. i think they decided not to come at last minute, ill email them and see 😉

  • Lee Harris

    August 27, 2005 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Becky

    quote :

    I have at least 3 other trade mags ( screen printing/embroidery etc) and those are free, paid for by the advertising..

    Have you a name for an embroidery magazine.


  • skraes

    August 27, 2005 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Lee try this :http://www.eurostitch.com

    Don’t know what its like but have visited this page a few times



    and this:

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