Featured in SignCraft Magazine

SignCraft magazine is an international trade magazine, replete with the work and accomplishments of sign artists around the world and with useful information for those who are in the sign industry. I've drawn ideas and inspiration from articles and artists in the magazine for many years.

I was honored to have the sign I created for STORM MEN'S SHOP displayed on the cover of the September/October 2016 issue, and to be interviewed for an article which featured some of my work.

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Ghost-Sign Graffiti: An "Old Walldog" Learns New Tricks

Damm's Bakery vandalized with graffitiFrom the late 19th century into the mid-20th century, sign painters who painted advertising on the side of buildings were sometimes pejoratively referred to as "Walldogs" - a moniker which some of us have proudly taken up today. But the work of a sign artist who loves this historic signage doesn’t always involve laying down paint; sometimes it

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Modern Design Advice from Confucius

Updated on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 11:47AM by Registered CommenterDan Seese

Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher, instructed his followers to "Study the past if you would define the future." This maxim holds true across many disciplines whether referring to

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My Favorite Lettering Artists: The Decorative Scribes of The Book of Kells

The four symbols of the Evangelists from The Book of KellsIt may be the bias of my own Irish heritage, but I thought St. Patrick's Day would be an opportune time for me to highlight another favorite lettering artist - or more accurately - lettering artists. The 9th century masterpiece, The Book of Kells was most likely created through the hands of at least 3 different scribes and probably additional artists who helped paint the ornamentation found throughout the book. The actual manuscript, which has its own intriguing history, has been

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My Favorite Lettering Artists: Denis Brown (Calligraphic Storyteller)

Since I began this sporadic series highlighting My Favorite Lettering Artists, there is one artist I’ve been eager to include but have found it difficult to do so because he eludes defining. Now seems an opportune time, for the sake of dramatic relief, since his work is so

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So, What does a sign cost?

A question I'm often asked early in my conversation with a client is, "So what does a sign cost, anyway?" This is a reasonable question. I mean, how often does the average person buy signage? But in some ways it's like asking what a

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The Enriching Effects of a Home Mural

Painting a mural in a private home brings with it unique challenges along with rich rewards. The need to keep tidy (while locked in the creative zone), respect the privacy of my hosts, and remain unobtrusive is matched by the pleasures of making new acquaintances, understanding their dreams and

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Vehicle Graphics & Changing Trends

Updated on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:17PM by Registered CommenterDan Seese

The times, they are a-changin'. The sign industry evolves. Trends in graphic design differ from decade to decade.

LA Times Delivery Wagon - 1901This holds true in the history of vehicle graphics, from the days of horse-drawn delivery wagons, through the early 1900's as carriage decorators moved from pinstriping wagon wheels to

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My Favorite Lettering Artists: Doyald Young

Doyald Young - logo-type for Bette MidlerIn thinking through this blog series about my favorite lettering artists, one individual comes to mind who has had a pervasive influence on the work of many professional lettering artists. Though I never knew Doyald Young and have only come to appreciate his exquisite lettering and

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My Favorite Lettering Artists: David Adrian Smith

Updated on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 9:01AM by Registered CommenterDan Seese

Born & Raised - artwork by Dave SmithAbout a month ago I decided to periodically highlight a particular lettering artist who has inspired me in my own work. This – the second article in that series - takes a completely different direction from

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