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Discussion Welcome thread- Tell us about yourself or just say hello.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Signs101Admin, Nov 15, 2016.

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  1. Signs101Admin

    Signs101Admin Owner

    Sep 30, 2016
    New Jersey
    Were a tight knit group of people in the sign industry and we love to know who you are and what you do so tell us about yourself or just say hello.
  2. MHester

    MHester Member

    Sep 13, 2016
    Timberlake, NC
    Hello, I'm new to the sign industry and am making my way through the process. I have over 30 years graphic design experience, and have just recently started up a print shop at my job. (Had to research ALL equipment, purchase, train, and produce on my own) I worked at a sign shop 20 years ago, but things have changed a lot since then. lol. everything back then was done with stat cameras, T-square and triangles, hot wax, and hand lettering. So, now I have started up a print department for the carwash industry (company that I work for, carwash equipment manufacturer and distributor for other equipment and soaps) I'm making signage, decals, and laminated items like pumptoppers and menu displays, and just jumped into banners. I gotta say, the printing aspect of my job now is fun and exciting. I only had 2 days training on the HP310 latex printer, the graphtec 8600 cutter, Flexi 12 software, and the GSP laminator. I started all this back in September and have come a loooooog way since then, now cranking out jobs daily without issues. This website has helped me immensely, everyone is more than willing to help when I have questions, thank you everyone! It's been a trying process narrowing down the correct vinyl and laminates I need for my jobs, as well as learning techniques, but at least I have a boss who's giving me the budget I need to try things out and the confidence that I'm doing the best I can. I appreciate everyone's help on this website, and I wouldn't be able to make it through the daily grind without your help (and loads of youtube videos). I look forward to the future and what I can learn more about sign making, it's very exciting and rewarding when a customer is happy :) Thanks everyone. - Mary
  3. kaylaM90

    kaylaM90 New Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    My name is Kayla, my former co-worker told me about this site because I am trying to sell my sign shop equipment. I recently owned my own business but I had decided to drop the business and go back to school for awhile. selling my equipment will help pay for school. I have 8 years of graphic design experience and working in the sign industry. I went to college for a year for Graphic Arts, but no degree. I haven't looked to far into this website yet, but it looks interesting and I cant wait to explore this site. :)
  4. Hello,
    My name is Stathis from GreeceI opened a workshop with signs.
    I am pleased to join you. and I hope to find the information they are looking
  5. Hi All. I'm new to the sign industry, as in owning my own business. But, I have over 10 years of graphic design and sign making experience from working in other sign shops. I have started up a small sign shop in the small town where i live. i have come on here to learn more about the industry and since i have a small sign shop, i am also on here to get advice on equipment. So that i can update my shop. Like, printers and vinyl cutters.
  6. Masterprinterbob82

    Masterprinterbob82 New Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Hello :)
  7. loudsigns

    loudsigns New Member

    Dec 16, 2016
    Katy, TX

    I've been designing and making signs for 3 months and I'm probably preaching to the choir but the learning curve has been steep. I'm amazed how much I've learned in such a short amount of time using sites like this as a guide. I'm not only trying to fully understand the industry and my new equipment, but learning how to run and grow a business at the same time. I look forward to sharing my experiences.
  8. BoSoxOly20

    BoSoxOly20 New Member

    Dec 16, 2016
    Hello Everyone,
    My name is Jerry and I currently teach high school art and driver's education. I have a strong love of classic cars and the beautiful pin striping that some of them have. I am "late to the dance" , but I really want to teach myself pin striping. I have a 1952 Chevy 5-window truck that is ready for some customization. I also have a few students that I want to introduce pin striping to, I believe they will love the detail and hopefully give them something to consider as a career. I spent a fair amount on paint, brushes, etc. out of my art budget...as far as I know, pin striping has never been taught at our high school and I am willing and ready to introduce it. I hope that I can count on anyone out there for help and advice. old chevy 1.jpg
  9. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    Started part time with a local sign guy after high school. Went to Butera Sign School in Boston '74. Been at it one way or another ever since. Current shop started in 1990, bought out my partner in'99. We are a 4 person shop doing a large variety of commercial sign work.
  10. myront

    myront CorelDRAW is best

    Dec 3, 2015
    Niceville, FL
    Hello all.

    As my bio says I'm retired U.S.A.F. (20yrs) Graphic Design wasn't my only career field with the military. I spent some years as an Air Cargo Specialist, some as an Aircraft Avionics Technician, then settled into this field for a number of years. That's where my limited Graphic Design training came from. All else has been self taught. I'm not the owner of the business just the lead designer. We have a staff of 8, 11 if you count the owner, his dog and a cat. Been at it here for 12 years and don't have any plans to do anything else. I have my pension, my age and good benefits here. Love family & fast cars

    I will offer any help I can in this forum, as well as, others.

    p.s. If I had to use anything other than CorelDRAW I'd find a new career
  11. aodell1225

    aodell1225 New Member

    Dec 16, 2016
    Hello to all forum members. I'm Andrew and I've been working for a local sign company for about 4 years. I have experience in fabrication, service and install
  12. Lorie

    Lorie New Member

    Dec 19, 2016
    Hi my name is Lorie I am a sign designer my partner is a professional photographer we have been in the sign & photography industry over 30 years. We run a retail business in a small rural community. Through the years we have learned to do a variety of things. I am looking to connect with people from the industry concerning hardware problems. We would be pleased to help someone in return with there issues.
  13. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    Jun 8, 2004
    I started in the biz back in 1987. started off having to hand paint signs and am not one of the old timers who longs for days gone by and am glad for the new technology in the industry. if I never have to pounce, use a projector and paint again, it is fine by me. I've taken college courses on type, graphic design and marketing. I do just about everything from designing to selling to construction and such.
  14. eahicks

    eahicks Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks

    Apr 17, 2012
    Hello...my name is Eric. I am an alcoh---- oh wait, wrong group.
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  15. wrightdesign1

    wrightdesign1 New Member

    Dec 20, 2016
    Hello ya'll. I am new to sign business. I am so excited to be on this group. I am self taught in software Corel Draw, Inkscape, Vector Cut, Cadworklive, Cut Studio, Digital Art Solutions,Embird,Silhouette Business Edition, MTC, for my business of Custom Embroidery,Monogramming,Fiber Arts,Heat Transfers,Rhinestones, Screen Printing,Vinyl -Sign & HTV,Etching, Stained Glass & Quilting. I want to learn all I can about what others do with Signs,& learn more about the industry.
    I have so many questions about sign making.
    Love Life,Family,Friends.
    Make Something Today!
  16. signdoode

    signdoode New Member

    Dec 22, 2016
    Hello!!! Good to be here!

  17. houseofmayhem

    houseofmayhem New Member

    Nov 12, 2014
    Hi! I am the Point-of-Sale Operations manager for the local Budweiser distributor. Been here for 2 1/2 years and love it!
  18. Dan Gray Signs

    Dan Gray Signs New Member

    Dec 23, 2016
    Peoria, IL
    Hi everyone and Happy Holidays! I worked for Hardin Signs in Peoria for 23 years before we closed the doors in May. Ultimately I chose to follow the dream to be my own boss, and keep making/facilitating professional signs for our area. A bit scary at times, but a deep breat and dive into it!
  19. Jumbo

    Jumbo New Member

    Dec 25, 2016
    Hey Gents

    i am from Europe , and i would just like to use signmaking for myself and my family , kids etc.....

    Looking forward for a lot of tips ..
  20. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

    Aug 4, 2010
    montgomery, alabama
    I worked for Lamar Advertising designing and painting billboards. Swung from stage scaffolding back before OSHA was a PITA and loved every minute of it. Started my own company in 1989, hand paint, airbrush, overhead projector....it was a blast! There was not a sign company on every block back then. The technology we have today is awesome and I learned to embrace it
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