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Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by Dave Drane, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Dave Drane

    Dave Drane Very Active Member

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    Hi guys, I want to get some opinions on the sign shown below. I want guys who have been in the business for lets say....up to 3 years only. I have already altered the sign and will put a pic up in a couple of days, but what I want you to do is tell me some ideas of what may look better changing lettering only (it peeled off real easy because it was chep stuff), and also state what you think could be wrong with it now.
    Thanks to all who participate and I will post another pic in a few days.
     

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  2. Ponto

    Ponto Active Member

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    ...you have a gift!!!:rolleyes:

    JP
     
  3. Cross Signs

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    I've been in the business for about 4 years....does that count? :)
    First off I would make the Old Engligh all caps, and arc it......
    Then I would adjust all the kerning to match the distance between the "F" and "o".
    I think that would make it perfect.
    Oh! and change the "HOT" to brush script.

    I don't care who you are...That's funny
     
  4. Mustang Guy

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    Text needs to be the same distance from the right side as the graphic is from the left side. for starters.
     
  5. 1leonchen

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    what if you added a outline around the text
     
  6. steve b

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    Leave it alone. Looks great!

    steveb
     
  7. jiarby

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    That's a horrible layout! The font is bad, the text on a curve is bad, the clipart is bad.
    There is nothing worth keeping except the blue background!

    To fix it using only cut vinyl??

    Try a two-line with reverse layout. Here is a 5 second sketch...
     

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  8. Jillbeans

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    You shoulda posted that on the one other forum with the patriotic title so everyone could say "Good Jaaab!"
    Love.....Jill
     
  9. Big House Signs

    Big House Signs Active Member

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    Dave, I think it is really nice of you to teach the newbies in the biz! Growing up my Dad would critique every sign we came across...thats really how I learned good typography/layout...and of course watching the old man sketch a layout and then handpaint was always great too.
     
  10. Service Sign Co

    Service Sign Co Very Active Member

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    So you are just changing the lettering, not the clip art.It would look different,depending on my mood at the time. I qualify as a newbie compared to most here.
     
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  11. Dave Drane

    Dave Drane Very Active Member

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    :thumb:
    That is a good start...
     
  12. Dave Drane

    Dave Drane Very Active Member

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    That is a good idea too... remember Negative Space!!
     
  13. thmooch

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    I can't get the vectors to open quite right in Microsoft Paint. Would you mind saving it in a .jpg?
     
  14. slappy

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    I'd get them to re-word the sign. Hot Take Away Food makes me think someone will steal it. You should have it read "Take Away Hot Food":munchie:
     
  15. Edserv

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    I'm not a designer, and I'm a newbie. So for what it's worth, I'd do what you did to start (ask opinions and test the responses,) but other than that,
    Is that a fish head in the picture? Yuck. I don't like raw fish with my burgers. Unless it's a sushi bar:)
    With the quality of digital printing, you could probably take up some of the real estate with an awesome picture of mouth-watering food. A big burger and fries that really stands out. Then, I'd go with one of the previous post's layout for the text. Nice text layout- I'd have one of our designers help on this, but other than that, maybe a call to action: arrow sign? "Hot Fresh Food Served NOW."?
    Thanks for letting me lend my opinion.
     
  16. iSign

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    it's not "served"...

    ...I think it's just "boxed or bagged"
     
  17. Dave Drane

    Dave Drane Very Active Member

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    Thanks for your opinion Edserv, I did not make the original sign, and yes it is butt ugly but the customer wanted to retain it as his "logo" and did not want to spend any more money than he had to. If it was up to me I would have thrown the whole thing away, but hey, a job of any kind is money. As I said the vinyl peeled off easily and all i had to do was something more legible for the copy only. In Aussie a fast food sign is called "take aways" so the wording stays. All I want is to see how some newbies will attack the task. The sign is already gone and I have a pic which I will show on Monday as to the changes I did. I will be open to any critisism and I am sure there are newbies here which could probably put me to shame, but this is about vinyl only with no added blends etc. and no digital prints.
    This is why I started the whole thing, to see what someone new to this trade would do. Thank you for your response, it is appreciated and I look forward to many more before Monday morning (my time). BTW, how long have you been in the industry, no malice intended.
     
  18. Dave Drane

    Dave Drane Very Active Member

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    Bump
    Any more takers??
     
  19. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    here's a thought ...read ...Mike Steven's ..Mastering Layout ... this would be a easy design like a pro thought then
     
  20. Replicator

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    I thenk it's perty !
     
  21. Lance

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    You want perty ?
    Here ya go, a true newbie at work.............:covereyes:

    :thumb::Australia
     

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