Offering logo's and corporate branding by sign painting & vinyl cut plotter. Today Crusader Signs Ltd. is a process of evolving graphic procedures leading to the development of plotter aided signage.
Crusader Signs Ltd originated in the early 60's as a traditional sign shop and screen printing shop. Brand logo's and messages were hand drawn and painted using the Sign Painting process. Screen printing was also common in the sign shop for signs of multiple copies.
Vinyl Signs are nothing new to a sign shop. There were rulers, pen knifes and vinyl adhesives in the traditional sign shop before computers. Vinyl signs were common. Die cutting was common for lettering and custom designs. Aluminium shapes were heated to cut the vinyl shapes. Vinyl sheets were often screen printed and die cut, or even painted by hand.
Most traditional sign shops had learned the trade of layout and design. Sign Painters were usually concerned more with the overall layout than the quality of each hand painted letter. Paper, ruler and pencil created pounce patterns and a grease pencil formed the design on one up signs like store windows and truck doors. 1983 seen the first computer in Crusader Signs and it rapidly eliminated the need for timely hand drawings, chemicals and expensive dark room materials. Original artwork and text was created in vector graphics ready for a range of applications, including films for silk screening.
Sign Making procedures always evolve with each sign made. Quicker run times, higher accuracy or better substrates, paints and vinyls. The plotter is just that, quicker production artwork, accurate cutting and better solid color materials to get creative with.
Today Crusader Signs Ltd., a retirement/hobby business, is a process of evolving graphic procedures aided by the plotter development. Crusader Signs still exists today offering logo's and corporate branding by sign painting & vinyl cut plotter. While we offer hand painted signs we specialize in "Small Signs of All Kinds". A perfect fit for knifes, vinyl and vinyl sign applications, or paint! While most jobs are designed, plotted, pounced or vinyl cut in the comfort of my humble home art studio most painting and wood work is done at the sign shop.
Developments in using traditional sign shop procedures and computer graphics are shown on my YouTube channel. With over 3000 subscribers it's fun communicating world wide and developing optional ways to create signage.
Watch for future developments of vector graphics and screen printed art prints, coming soon...
1965 Hand cut stencil.
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