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Renewing Our Registry: Sign Up Now
by Nelson James, June 12th with 0 comments
This is a rare guest post from the co-founder of Signs.com, Kirk Green. Kirk is not so much a guest blogger as he is a reluctant blogger. Occasionally, he has observations that we think need wider distribution than his personal mumbling. So, we convinced him to write down a few of his ramblings and we might publish some of them here. Most of Kirk’s time is spent leading the teams at Ferrari Color, Signs.com and Stryde.
Updated: Interview With Bryan McCormick of Vegas Vernacular
by Nelson James, April 23rd with 1 comments
Update: 4/22/2013: While I was attending the 2013 International Sign Association’s Sign Expo in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, I had the privilege of sitting down with Bryan over lunch to discuss the latest happenings with the Vegas Vernacular. It had been about 6 months since our first interview and I wanted to get an update on the organization, what they are currently working on and what’s next……oh and to get my print of the Desert Moon Motel I ordered!
Although I loved meeting Bryan at the art exhibit back in September of 2012, this time around was even better. We went to an incredible little place to eat, called EAT, in old downtown and just talked signage. It was the first time I had ever just walked around that area and it really gave me an appreciation for what Bryan and his team are trying to document. Once you get away from the Strip, you realize that a whole other world exists. Just walking and driving down Freemont Street – away from the tourist traps – you quickly realize what Vegas was truly about. It’s not about the massive Casinos. It’s about the hundreds of family owned motels and businesses that lined the streets. Each one with a unique story. Each one on the verge of disappearing.
Although they have accumulated around 50,000 images, there is still more to be done. Much of their current projects are based on immediate necessity. Not only are the smaller motels and building being closed down, they are being torn down. Bryan said that just knowing what properties are next is difficult. Then trying to get in to photograph them can be an even bigger challenge.
But, aside from the constant need to document the signs, Bryan and his team are right in the middle of creating a platform to catalog and display the images. The best part of the platform, they want to make it available to other organizations, in other cities, to allow them to accomplish the same goal as the Vegas Vernacular. A national platform for all to use as inspiration and education. They have also spent some time trying to track down the artists, like “King” Richard Harris, who actually created the hand painted signage. Their personal stories are as much a part of the dialogue as the signs they created!
For the most part, things continue at breakneck speed for the Vegas Vernacular and the ever changing landscape of Las Vegas sure keeps Bryan on his toes. Let’s just hope he is quick enough to document it before it’s gone!Continue reading...
Let’s Talk About Your Holiday Decorations…
by Catherine R, December 6th with 2 comments
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… but can we talk about your holiday decorations? Every year, I look forward to the weekend after Thanksgiving with both excitement and trepidation. The neighbors rummage through their crawlspaces, basements, garages and storage sheds and drag out all the Christmas bins. They hang a wreath on the door and lights from the eves. They install the Christmas tree in the front window. By mid-Saturday morning, the yards up and down the street are looking fabulous.Continue reading...
Stay at Home Dads: The New Business Model
by Nelson James, November 26th with 2 comments
Today’s post is brought to you courtesy of Brad Manuel. Brad is a consultant, serial entrepreneur and sports fanatic, who in 2008 decided to take the “road less traveled” and become a stay at home dad.
According to the US census bureau, the number of men who have left the workforce entirely to raise children has more than doubled, to 176,000. If you expand that search to include men who maintain freelance or have part-time jobs, but still serve as the primary caretaker of children under 15 while their wife works, the number is around 626,000. I’m one of those men and, while it’s tough to navigate sometimes, it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done! Check out this New York Times article, titled “Just Wait Until Your Mother Gets Home“.Continue reading...
Harper Grey: The Consumer Side of Signs
by Harper G, November 8th with 0 comments
Many of the signs in any community are generated by businesses or organizations. Signs that identify stores, custom sale banners, signs advertising 5k runs for charities, vinyl banners for the local health department… most are created and displayed for some kind of official use.
But regular people use signage, too. Sometimes to great effect… sometimes not so much.Continue reading...
Now Firing: 4 Tips to a Smooth Separation
by Nelson James, November 7th with 1 comments
Today’s post was written by Monnica Manuel. Monnica is a business blogger, corporate trainer and sales consultant with a passion for helping businesses and organizations achieve success in their daily operations.
If you’ve ever had to handle a “separation” for an organization, or had to be the one to make the decision to separate from someone, then you know that it can be an unpleasant experience and is not to be taken lightly. Even if you haven’t been there before, in a professional setting, you may have experienced it on a personal level. The reality is that this can actually be a healthy process despite it’s discomfort if it’s done at the right time and for the right reasons.Continue reading...
Is Your Sign Vintage or Just Old? 5 Ways to Tell
by Harper G, November 1st with 0 comments
Oooh I just love vintage stuff. Maybe I’m just a sucker for nostalgia, but I love everything about vintage (real or just copycat). Shows like Mad Men have many of us wishing for the “good old days.” Not that they were really that great. I mean really, do we want to go back to the time period when everyone smoked a pack a day and women were expected to land a good husband and quit her secretarial job so they could move to the suburbs, have babies and rely financially on men? But you have to admit, some of those vintage signs were pretty darn awesome.Continue reading...
Interview with Fontly Founder Brendan Ciecko
by Nelson James, October 29th with 0 comments
Today, we are pleased to bring you an interview with Brendan Ciecko, the founder of Fontly, a great mobile app and website that allows users to photograph, tag and upload images of vintage and hand painted signs. Brendan also runs Ten Minute Media, a creative design, marketing and branding company with a focus on the music and entertainment industry. Enjoy!
Harper Grey: The Signs.com Test Drive
by Harper G, October 25th with 1 comments
Since Signs.com announced the release of the new website this week, they asked me to look it over and review it from a consumer’s perspective. This worried my husband, who had heard stories about my first few jobs in clothing stores where I spent more than my paycheck on the merchandise. But I figured, “Hey, it’s signs. Surely I won’t have a shopping addiction on Signs.com’s website.”Continue reading...
Harper Grey: What You’re Doing Right!
by Harper G, October 18th with 0 comments
Often when I sit down to write this column, I find myself thinking of all the things store owners and their employees are doing wrong. My job is to give you an idea of what your customers are thinking and feeling as they shop in your store and help you fix what’s wrong. The goal is for you to have happy customers that ultimately drop more cash in your store and make you more successful. But sometimes I feel like all I do is tell you what you’re doing wrong. So today, I’ve resolved to be more positive and instead, tell you what you’re doing right.Continue reading...
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