There can be few trades that have been changed so totally, by the advent of the computer, as signwriting. Here are a few pictures of my work, old and new, showing examples of hand lettering and vinyl graphics.
I think most British signwriters will
Gold leaf - always looks good when used for outline.
I always like to see a straight forward sans serif, even for a headline. Shade can make the job look 'finished' as long as its not just used to mask poorly executed shapes.
The introduction of Futura Display was a real boon. Full of character, strong, simple and adaptable. I may have overused it in the early days.
My own version of Trajan, digitised distorted and shaded. A sign made for H.G.Matthews Brickworks
New casual livery for this for 24 hour recovery truck for C.G.Motors.
These were unusual jobs. Detail views of large window re-dressing blinds for two of London's West End stores. Charcoal grey open weave material . . .
'50s retro feel to this 34" x 26" A-frame sign.
Ooh look! Fancy a cream tea?
Riverside tea garden between Marlow and Hurley on the Thames Path
Modern steel pavement signs
Chesham used to be a Mecca of signwriting. My Father founded Bucks Signs just after the second World War and was one of five superb writers working out of this relatively small market town. Each had a slightly different speciality but standards soared as each wrote to impress the others. Although it's not my own work, I couldn't resist including this rare picture of a fascia by Eric Norman, a true master of Old English lettering. Old English rarely looks good unless tightly spaced and fairly condensed, this is neither but I doubt you would ever find a finer rendition