Updated: Interview With Bryan McCormick of Vegas Vernacular

Galaxy Building

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! (more…)

Announcing the Signs.com Gives Back Program

Signs.com Gives Back

Starting a business is hard. Starting a business in a poverty-stricken country is harder. At Signs.com, we are blessed to be located in a country that fosters startup ambitions, but for some entrepreneurs in the African country of Kenya, just selling enough product to put food on their family’s tables is a daily struggle.

Today, we are happy to announce the start of the Signs.com Gives Back program (read the full press release here). The Gives Back program was created to help the budding business owners in Kenya market and grow their small businesses with a custom designed sign.

Our COO, Nelson James says, “Giving back is one of the core values of our company. We would love to give away thousands of signs through the Gives Back program and, hopefully, those signs will play a big role in helping business owners succeed and improve their lives.”

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The Best of Signs.com 2012

Best of Signs.com 2012

At Signs.com, 2012 was a huge year. We launched this blog, we created an incredible new website for designing and purchasing custom signage, and we managed to have a lot of fun doing it! In 2012, we posted 255 articles on the Signs.com blog, tweeted 1,340 times on Twitter, gave away 16 mini-billboards during our Facebook Sign Quest Contest, and created 1 sweet video on how to install perforated vehicle window decals. But today, we wanted to recap some of our most popular stories and articles from last year. So, we hope you enjoy our best of Signs.com 2012.

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10 Trends for 2013

10 Trends for 2013

If you are like me, you are probably wondering what happened to 2012. The year flew by…even though there were times during endless political bickering, strange natural events, and Notre Dame’s return to national football prominence that it felt like it would never end! Either way, 2012 has been a year of ups and downs. In the business world, we have seen economic ebbs and flows that would have made Noah sick. But the question now is what to expect in 2013 (this whole falling off the fiscal cliff thing aside).

To answer this question, we scoured the best business websites, blogs and publications to bring you the Signs.com 10 Trends for 2013. (more…)

Think Your Vote Doesn’t Matter? Think Again

 

Think Your Vote Doesn't Count

After months of hype, debates, endless press coverage and multitudes of snarky television, print and radio ads, it’s finally election day. Politics in our country seems to continue to get uglier and uglier and the widening gap between conservatives and liberals keeps getting bigger and bigger. All of which makes it difficult to escape the continuous vitriol-filled babble about politics that surrounds the election. (more…)

Election Signage for Local Races

 

Local Election Signage

The election is tomorrow, so we can finally look forward to the end of the relentless election coverage on television, radio, in print and even on blogs (ahem. We might even be guilty of a little national election coverage ourselves).

We KNOW Who’s Running For President: Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney!

Four-year-old Abigael was so distraught after hearing MORE election news on the radio that she broke into hysterical tears. Her mom Elizabeth filmed the breakdown and it’s gone viral on YouTube with more than 4.5 million hits. (more…)

Top Signs Obama/Romney will Win the Election

 

Who Will Win the Election

With the election only four days away, we thought that we would give all our readers a chance to support their favorite presidential candidate with a special edition of the weekly Top Signs.

So, check out the Top Signs that Obama will win and the Top Signs Romney will win, choose your favorite and share the image with all your friends and family! These are presented in NO particular order, so please don’t call us saying we were playing favorites. Enjoy! (more…)

How-To: The Signs.com Online Design Tool

 

Update: We just added a new video tutorial of our new design tool. Check it out:

Hopefully by now, you know that Signs.com announced the full release of our brand new website this morning. Maybe you even had a chance to take a look at some of our professionally designed templates or you took some time to play with our online design tool. If not, shame on you . . . just kidding. You can read all about the new site here.

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