Whenever I come across an interesting sign, it reminds me of my first job out of college, working at Sign Graphics in Columbiana, Alabama. Scott Owen, the owner, was a young, incredibly talented artist with a real knack for lettering. This was way before modern technology lent a helping hand to the craft. Yes, each letter and element was painted by hand. Though it took more effort and made the end product cost more, creating unique designs is what set Scott’s work apart. Back then, most sign painters were truly artists and they competed with each other but also shared and borrowed ideas from work that they admired.
Today, technology makes it possible for anyone with computer skills to create a sign, banner, or other graphics, but that doesn’t make them an artist! It’s like giving someone an airplane and expecting them to be a pilot. There is a lot of poorly designed work out there junking up the roadways. So, when I see a nice sign it always take me back to a time where, for me, it wasn’t just a sign, it was a work of art.
Emmet Croke of Nawkaw Midwest sent me these before and after pictures of a new sign he just finished staining for Mid-States Concrete Industries. It’s an elegant piece, done in concrete with accents colored with stain. Now think about it. Mid-States could have painted a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood and stuck vinyl letters on it an called it a sign. Instead, they decided to grace us with a piece of art. It’s stately and elegant. It makes me think that they are a company that wants to do things well. Hats off to them and hats off to Scott Owen, who, after 30+ years is still creating beautiful works. You should treat yourself and view his website: www.sign-graphics.com
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