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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by heatherdavis, May 4, 2007.

  1. heatherdavis

    heatherdavis New Member

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    I live in Brisbane, Australia. I've been working in the graphics/printing industry for many years and wish to start out on my own. From many years' experience I've found that I love all aspects of type and that I enjoy touching up artwork - logos etc. From this, I think that signwriting is the go for me. I want to know everything there is to know about this business and intend purchasing a Roland Stika Vinyl Plotter Starter Kit, because alot of people on this site have raved about it, saying it's the A1 way to get started. I'm still quite unsure of the industry and market but I know this is something I want to get into.
    Cheers, Heather.
     
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  2. Ken

    Ken Major Contributor

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    Hello Heather from the other side of the world.!
    Beautiful BC, Canada.
    My advice,is to forget the Stika machines and go to a 24 inch plotter, such as Graphtec, Roland, Summa.
    I quickly out-grew the Stika machine.
    You have some previous knowledge and will find a tiny cutter like the Stika to be "confining".
    Oh yeah, will you marry me and let me emmigrate to Aussieland?
    Just thought I would ask....
    Cheers!
    Ken
     
  3. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    Welcome Aboard!
     
  4. trakers

    trakers Very Active Member

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    Dang it Ken you beat me to it. I've wanted to move to AU since I was old enough to know where it is. As funny as it is the first graphic I printed on my Graphtec was a Roo. It is on my window here. ;-)

    Anyway, welcome Heather!
     
  5. heatherdavis

    heatherdavis New Member

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    Thanks for your welcome

    Good afternoon,
    Thanks so much for your welcome. I'm glad I discovered this site and hope to gain alot of useful information from friendly people such as yourself.
    Cheers, Heather
     
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    mladams7259 Very Active Member

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    Welcome ABoard!
     
  7. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    welcome to a outstanding forum N a bunch of ppl that use it .
    I've always been amazed by the great advertisments coming from Australia
    looklike you al have a great time ..
    freedom is not free
     
  8. masterdesigns

    masterdesigns Member

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    Welcome. I've spent about a month in Australia; loved it. Good luck

    Bob
     
  9. Replicator

    Replicator Major Contributor

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    welcome to THE BIG SHOW ! . . . :beer Cheers !
     
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    Howdee from VA.................
     
  11. Gino

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    Welcome from PA.
     
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    Welcome from tX
     
  13. Jackpine

    Jackpine Major Contributor

    Welcome to the group.
     
  14. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

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    Welcome!
     
  15. heatherdavis

    heatherdavis New Member

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    Many thanks

    Thanks to all who welcomed me to the site. I just wanted to ask a few questions about getting started in this business and going out on my own in a new field. I've already received some invaluable advice on what hardware to purchase, but what I'd also like to know is what the market is like and does it take long to master the basics. As I mentioned, I've had many years' experience as a typesetter in the printing industry - designing adverts, working with layers in both Illustrator and Photoshop, touching up photos etc - and I assume that sign writing isn't that much different. The transition should be smooth?
    To establish a clientèle, what is the best way to go about this and which businesses are least traumatic to approach? I must sound like a scaredy cat, but at this stage I definitely am! My aim is to start off small so as to gain confidence and experience while building the business gradually.
    Cheers, Heather.
     
  16. Sign Prophet

    Sign Prophet Member

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    Welcome from long beach, California
     
  17. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

    Welcome from Oklaoma USA!
     
  18. GregT

    GregT Very Active Member

    Welcome from PA again
     
  19. ENTDesign

    ENTDesign Very Active Member

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    Welcome

    The biggest difference between design for print and signage design is that signs need to be short and to the point, several words only at large size to be readable at a distance. Some customers will try to get you to load up all sorts of copy, though....
     
  20. mgraef27

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    Welcome

    Welcome from New Jersey

    Go with the 24"
     
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