Wednesday
Oct312012

The Historic Method of Enhancing a Sign with Gold Leaf and Smalt

Antique sign - gold leaf & smalts (click image to enlarge)Recently, historic restoration specialist Tom Tisthammer of Wattle & Daub Contractors was showing me his collection of antique signs, drawing my attention to one of his favorites - a sign with an "aggregate" background. As I examined this little gem, an office-building sign identifying the "Acousticon Neumeyer Company", I saw that it was a prime example of 

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Saturday
Oct202012

The Ubiquitous Window gilding of Florence, Italy

Giolelleria - gold leaf window in Florence

In the fall of 2010 my wife & I spent 3 weeks in Italy. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the trip was the week we spent in the heart of Florence. We had a cozy room in the historic Hotel Hermitage which is located on the Arno River right beside the Ponte Vecchio. Ancient history oozed from the architecture and art as well as every brick & cobblestone; yet one thing that caught my camera's eye was the

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Wednesday
Oct102012

My Favorite Lettering Artists: John Stevens

Ocean-yacht: Lettering artist John Stevens; © John Stevens DesignThrough the years I've been influenced by so many different lettering artists that I decided to start a series on my blog in which I will, from time to time, focus on

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Friday
Sep282012

Effectively implementing Graphic Design: A Matter of Stewardship & Customer Care

Clean graphic design should reflect a pristine harmony found in natureServing a client as a designer is a matter of good stewardship, not unlike the mentality imparted to me by my father during our camping trips in the early 1960's. He demonstrated a love and respect for nature with an attitude that you should

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Saturday
Sep222012

Aims Community College mural: A Concert of Education, Commerce, Art & Science

Aims Community College Mural in Loveland, CO (click to enlarge)Yesterday was the dedication ceremony for the Aims Community College mural - a recent project in which I played a minor role. The building on which the mural was painted is

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Monday
Sep102012

Historic Restoration of Vault Doors Requires an Artist's Hand

Damaged Vault Door - Prior to Restoration (click to enlarge)Historic restoration requires not only a knowledge of techniques from the past but also the ability to execute the work as skillfully as the original craftsman. Over the past 15 years I've had the privilege of being involved in many historic restoration endeavors.

One such project I undertook for

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Thursday
Aug302012

Vintage Signage - a Whimsical Niche


Vintage Glass Sign Replica by Larry WhiteThis post is a curious reflection related to last week's post which highlighted ways in which savvy business owners are promoting their wares through quality, hand crafted signage. Some sign artists have discovered a niche for making old-looking signs - indulging the needs of

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Wednesday
Aug222012

An Attractive Hand Crafted Sign Will Set Your Business Apart 

Andrew Grundon in his studioBusiness analysts consistently site attractive signage as one of the most effective ways to set a business apart from the crowd and to attract new customers. Not just any sign, mind you, but an attractive sign. An attractive and effective sign is one that is carefully designed, appropriate to the business, skilfully crafted and thoughtfully displayed.

For many business owners, distinguishing their niche through effective signage involves tapping in to the time-honored past by having a

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Thursday
Jul262012

Double-Header: Gold leaf and Gymnasiums

Updated on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 11:50AM by Registered CommenterDan Seese

Updated on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 8:40AM by Registered CommenterDan Seese

Updated on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 1:30PM by Registered CommenterDan Seese

I'm heading to California for a couple of weeks. Probably won't be blogging but hope to report on my trip when I return.

The reasons for my trip are two-fold:

  1. First to attend the annual event put on by fellow sign & glass artist Larry White. The zaniness of the
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Monday
Jul232012

Successful Sign Design: Informed by a Mosaic of Sources

As a sign designer, I bring to the drawing table a lifetime of influences each time I'm entrusted with a new design opportunity. Rather than having a default mode, I consider the needs of the client coupled with my skills, passions and resources in order to arrive at the most appropriate design solution.

Such was the case when I was approached

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