Save the Signs, Save the History

Today’s post comes courtesy of Stephanie Swift; artist, photographer and owner of Pretty Little Pixel.

Pretty Little Pixel

Stephanie’s unique prints of various signs around Salt Lake City, Omaha, New York City, Las Vegas and Dallas have garnered many accolades in the art community. In the last five years, her work has been featured at the Utah Arts Festival, the Omaha Arts Festival, the UAF Gallery, the Evergreen Gallery, the Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market and more.

I have always loved old buildings and signs and saw that many of the signs I loved were disappearing. I wanted to capture them before they were gone. It didn’t take long for me to realize that these were more than just pictures I thought were cool.

Everyone has their own story about these places. And I have heard some great ones. People buy my prints to give to their dads because they went to Bill and Nada’s together. Or they went to Snelgrove’s when they were kids. I’ve heard MANY, MANY misadventures at Coachman’s and Bar-X.

Bar X - Salt Lake City

I started taking photos of the buildings and signs, but my graphic design background also gave me a love for old silkscreen designs and vintage posters. I decided to marry the two loves and digitally illustrate them on my computer.

Las Vegas Welcome Sign

This is my little way of trying to keep the city I live in from becoming just another place, and keeping it special.

You can check out all of Stephanie’s work at Pretty Little Pixel or visit her at the Salt Lake Farmers Market.

Nelson James

Nelson James is the chief operating officer of Signs.com and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to joining the Signs.com team, Nelson was the president and co-founder of SEO.com. For over 6 years he helped to grow the company from 2 to over 85 employees. Nelson managed many large accounts during his tenure at SEO.com, including Dell.com. In early 2011, Nelson was recruited to Lendio Inc., where he was VP of marketing and was responsible for the creation and management of a marketing team as well as the strategy, tactics and programs to create interest and demand for Lendio’s products and services. Prior to his work experience, Nelson graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in marketing and advertising from the communications department. Nelson lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife and three children. He currently holds leadership positions in scouting and volunteers in his church and community.