My sign design projects with hand painted script lettering – 1980’s and 90’s

Back before computers were everywhere, I worked with some businesses to develop a graphic identity for their vehicles, printing, etc. I may have saved the logo design graphics somewhere, if I find them I’ll add photos to this post. Bouncy scripts incorporated into graphics have a unique eye-catching flow to them.

This one – Bay View Plumbing in Redondo Beach CA, was a classic sign painter design that ended up in all their printed pieces, on the vans, magnetic signs, the awning over the office, and who knows where else!

Bay View Plumbing

Another plumbing business I designed lettering for – I believe this was the first of a series of plumbing businesses because of referrals – is this one in Torrance CA.

Galloway Plumbing

This logo has been used by Discount Pool & Spa Supply in Lomita CA for many years. This was the first van I did for them…

Discount Pool Van

Fortunately we decided to lose the goofy pool water I thought was so clever in later years — still doing their vehicles, but now wrapping them (still using the same logo) like this:

Discount Pool Chevy Truck

Here’s another plumbing van client that I started working with in that time period, this one in Torrance CA. This is a newer vehicle, done in vinyl – but the bouncy script layout was inspired by years of sign painting.

This window signage for Robin Smith Physical Therapy in Manhattan Beach CA used the client’s business identity that included a script-style combined with classic sign painting techniques.

Based on her business card which had the color effect in the name lettering. Hand painted inside glass – started with outlines and descriptive copy (under the name), then stippled color in the name, and stippled white for the translucent effect it provides for the panel. I did this somewhere in the early 1990’s.

Robin Smith window

Finally, here is one more bouncy, hand painted, sign painter design style (kind of a showcard in banner format) I did around, maybe, 1985…

FlowerShopAFrame

Sign painters have had a huge influence on graphic design in times past. We can look to all the unique script hand-lettering in (what I think, anyway) was the heyday of advertising and graphic design in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Hope you enjoyed this post.


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TGI Fridays – painted promise wall

Got another one of these done today, in Cerritos, California. Hand painted graphics on a slightly rough red-stained surface. Our photos of the various ones we’ve done can be found here.

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Graffiti Test (video) — Southern California Custom Sign Shop – Big City Signs


 

Demonstration of removing graffiti from a vinyl film laminated with Concept 108 Tedlar Anti-Graffiti film. Graffiti sample had been on the film for about 2 weeks, and is removed with the proper solvent. I try three solvents as a test.

via Graffiti Test (video) — Southern California Custom Sign Shop – Big City Signs

Car wraps – consider this quote from one of our vendors:

Car wraps are more vital to your business than ever. One of our vendors wrote:
“For the 20 million small businesses that can no longer use yellow pages to drive growth, wrapping their vehicles is the cost-effective solution.”

– Frank Fellers, owner of FELLERS

Take a look at samples of our work – click here, or on photo below.

Vehicle wrap graphics