Sign Painters

a documentary by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon

open in vimeo   There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade. Together with the movie there ist a book featuring stories and photographs of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States sign-makers-the-book-2 Princeton Architectural Press

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