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.
Commercial Graphic Arts "Kenny"
As a young boy I would watch my father create signs with only a pencil, ruler, brush and paint. Optional items on the table were perforating wheels and knife pens to cut films and stencils. I would love the chance to go with him on the job site or to his sign shop. I'd watch him with great interest while he was up a ladder painting a wall or sitting on a wooden box lettering a truck door. In the sign shop my father would let me coat out boards while teaching me his expectations of a smooth surface!
I was happy to work side by side filling in his letters and quickly adapting to the commercial arts trade, while learning the secrets of his techniques. It was also very interesting inside the sign shop as I got to witness the creative talents of other master sign painters and their techniques. One sign painter offered only black, red and blue paint colors another bartered a free lunch. Each one had their own technique suited to their character and very willing to share their trade secret's. What they all had in common was their tried and true traditional methods with a modern twist to make it better and quicker. Those trade secret's became known as "Standardized Shop Procedures"
1965 Hand cut stencil.
Crusader Signs Ltd originated in the early 60's as a traditional sign and screen printing shop. Windows, trucks doors and wood signs were commonly painted. Brand logo's and messages were hand drawn and painted using the Sign Painting process. Countless items of all shapes and sizes were screen printed.
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.
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. 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 still offer hand painted signs we specialise in "Small Signs of All Kinds". A perfect fit for knifes, vinyl and vinyl sign applications.