Traditional signwriting means by hand – not by rip-off digital stencil!

What it means to have a sign written by hand – and not by digital stencil!

I am a dedicated professional sign artist with 31 years of experience and dedication by brush… I speak with a lot of writers who have given it up – they have sadly opted for digitally produced stencils (it’s always a good idea to check your signwriter will paint your sign by hand brush – without digital stencil).

The stencil is cut by computer and laid in place – it is low tack after it is rubbed in and flat the stencil is painted with a flat fill-in brush and when that coat is just dry the stencil is peeled off leaving a sharp digital painted letter – a lot like vinyl in final appearance but without the problems of shrinkage.

I find this really quite sad and alarming – are some touting Traditional Signwriting? Often yes and the unsuspecting client pays for a traditional painted sign and gets a quick stencil rip.

When a sign writer crafts your logo with the brush it comes from thousands of hours of dedication – it embodies this dedication in a flowing emblemic quality, that fills the work with a whole essence of artistry and commercial power… and if needed either the warmth of traditional sign romance, classic elegance or cool minimalism.

For example on a straight letter a writer will flair the letter at the corners to add a sharpness, refinement and tempo.

The Traditional writer will adjust letters at will.  I, for example change certain letters if I feel the font is designed solely for paper or on-screen reproduction.  Good writers improve fonts.

Either way a digital sign stencil can’t match the human in human terms can it… and yes while digital is by nature pin point accurate, it should cost you far less, because it is only a shade better than cheap vinyl and incredibly easy to produce.  There are skills involved but zero artistry.

Digital stencils are used and passed off as genuine signwriting and that is what I aim to head you up on here – the final artwork will lack flow, depth and beauty.  But if you want it, go to a non traditional sign company and get a good deal at the right price.


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SIGN WRITING ON VANS – NICK GARRETT TRADITIONAL SIGN WRITING

Van decals written by hand were the only way to go until the mid eighties, and overnight the sign written vans and truck industry evaporated – vinyl had arrived and decimated our business.

Above: CITYRAMA one of my first big vehicle sign writing commissions in the early eighties

Today signwriting is about to make a big return to vehicles and the like and that is good news for all.

Traditional signwriting speaks volumes!

Nick Garrett

NGSigns London

SIGN WRITING ON VANS – NICK GARRETT TRADITIONAL SIGN WRITING

Motif Magic Nick Garrett

 

NIck Garrett for Traditional hand painted signwriting – since 1981

Above – The classical Roman letter in the modern format – 16 Camden Passage

Foliage mural sample for POD St Giles High St., London

Detail of POD mural Traditional Sign writer NICK GARRETT
Detail of POD mural – Traditional Sign writer NICK GARRETT


The Motif today – Traditional London sign-writer Nick Garrett

Decorative motif is making a resurgence these days in signwriting, brand and graphic design and frankly I love it!  As a dedicated signwriter I just love work that is varied, creative and fun… here are few recent mural motifs showing quite a variety of themes.

When designing a sign or mural I provide detailed layouts that present all aspects of the project.

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Hall and Rose

Hall & Rose Identity by Elmwood

Hall & Rose is a small, independent company that makes soft furnishings by hand. It briefed Elmwood to create a new identity that would raise awareness of the brand and set it apart from competition. The visual identity uses a needle and thread to create a mark based on the letter ‘H’, which references the company’s handcrafting expertise.

Shop Fascia – Traditional Signwriting, Nick Garrett

Traditional Sign Writer Nick Garrett – About

If you are looking for visually stunning traditional signwriting, you may have just found the solution…

As part of my service, start-up or up-and-running, I can assist you with logo re-creation, sign designcolour schemes and layout options.  

I have been a sign writer since 1981, and while I am constantly developing modern  computer based designs, traditional skills are my greatest asset –  The unique quality of traditional sign writing is the richness found in the personal touch, and in this digital age signwriting is enjoying a renaissance.  

It’s ironic too, because as the most cost effective sign solution it often looks the best  of all, especially in gold leaf.  Equally good on listed buildings, glitzy retail sites and quintessential English public houses, it remains a signature of hand made perfection and quality.

With a traditional painted sign from my pallet it is possible to enjoy the best of both worlds; a beautifully bespoke product… with a truly modern and affordable service.

If you need any input, samples or advice feel free to contact me.

Nick Garrett

NGS 20 Ivymount Road, London, SE27ONB, United Kingdom

+44 (0)7831173396  +393281518426

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