Better web design through sign painting

Designers are inherently drawn to opportunities to create. Some with a pencil. Others with a mouse. And others still with a perfectly paletted sign painter's quill. Although I've had a keen interest in typography and letterforms throughout my career, I first stumbled into an obsession for painting signs during a weekend-long workshop at New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco, since when it has become a healthy counterpoint to my day-to-day design work.

That I had to stumble into the field makes sense when you consider how little evidence of sign painting or show card writing exists in my hometown of Toronto (aside from the walls of retailer Honest Ed's with its illuminated signage). On the other hand, it's a healthy cottage industry in Northern California, where I currently reside.

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