The Art of the Sign
A new book and documentary film called “Sign Painters,” written and directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, looks like an intriguing dip into a time-honored and increasingly specialized niche of design and illustration, the hand-painted sign.
In an NPR interview for the film, sign painter Norma Jean Maloney says she started by painting a bar sign for free on Broadway in Nashville, TN. “I knew once I was on the ladder I’d probably drum up some business,” she says, and it worked – she ended up the day with requests to paint for many of the businesses on lower Broadway. Seeing her handiwork displayed is a thrill for her: “It’s like having canvasses, all over town, of your art.”
You can listen to the interview about the film and also watch the trailer at http://n.pr/YpvWjw
Disappearing ‘ghost signs’ on buildings are also mentioned in the film – I know of one still evident in Doylestown (PA) that was certainly hand-painted at its inception, across the street from the renovated Ag Works, below –
Have you seen any well-designed signs around town, or have you created one for a business or event?