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    New Bedford Historic District Sign

    I will be working on 2 signs simultaneously.

    This sign and The Ark will be on going at the same time. That is what I get for procrastinating.

    I went and measured EVERYthing on the storefront but I lost all the numbers - MAN - what a bummer that is.

    I need to go back and get at least some basic numbers for size.

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    These are a couple of sample signs that the customer said they liked.
    I will design around this, and also "fit" the Design to a New Bedford Whaling historic look.


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    The sign will be hanging above the 3 windows on the right side of the building.



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    This is just a little flavor of the rest of the neighborhood.

    There are others also but I need to fit in with the area.

    So in designing a sign - we need to consider the context the sign needs to fit into.

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    NB Historic - update 1

    OK - so this one will be slower cause I have not done the design work yet.

    I lost all my dimensions so I needed to go to the storefront and remeasure.

    The customer has work going in inside the store buy was not there at the time I was there.

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    This is the plaque on the front of the building. It was built in 1792 - earlier than I thought.


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    The space above the windows is limited. The flat trim board just below the crown is 4-1/2. The next flat down is 9" and the lowest flat is 8-1/2

    Across the 3 windows is 198 inches



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    I need to be sure I clear these light fixtures.


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    Nothing Fancy - Just numbers - but I needed them.

    OK - maybe it doesn't seem like much - but I needed to do this.

    I also needed to make a new spoil board. I just cannot do anything plain. I made the holes and c-bores and gridlines and some pretty text to WOW my visitors. It's all done - just need to Shellac it - I might paint the text and gridlines. I will do all that tomorrow.

    More to come.

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    Best regards,
    Toni

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    I also dream of a shop with north light where my hands can be busy, my soul rest and my mind wander...

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    Leo, I would assume you could step cut the back of the sign so it fits perfectly on the trim under the eave?
    Jon

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    I am pretty sure the back of the sign will be standing off the building an inch or two. I may even angle it down a tiny bit.

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    SMALTZ anyone ?

    The customer wants gold letters with a black background.

    I am going to order the samples bags of Smaltz.

    I am thinking the background would look terrific with Smaltz.

    http://www.artisan-signs.net/SmaltsForSigns.php


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    It is not cheap $22 per sq/ft

    Looks like the sign is going to be ~ ABOUT ~ 16 sq-ft

    But it does attract attention - and THAT is what a sign is supposed to do.
    Last edited by Leo Voisine; 04-19-2015 at 11:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    yep

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    Design Concept - 1

    So,

    I am painting my spoil board and while waiting for the paint to dry - I am working on this design.

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    This is the first round of design concept. Much of what I do here will get used on other concepts. In fact I have several components inside this file on layers - but the other layers are just shut off.

    I have imported models and bought the fonts from Letterheads . com It is called Old Tom.

    Once I have a basic design I converted the text to curves then grouped the text. Like the "O" has an inside shape and an outside shape. Grouping those two vectors will make them as though they are one component.

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    ONE at a time - I create an individual model out of each letter. After creating the model I can edit the properties and give it a color.


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    After creating the model I can edit the properties and give it a color.

    With the split screen I can work in the 2D view and see the result in the 3D view.

    It's a little tedious - but the sale pays the bill.

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    This is how it looks as I go through the individual letters.

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    OK - this is the first Concept

    I have a few variations.

    Sailboat - Anchor - Ships Wheel

    decorations or no

    Gold Border or black

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    I will get a couple more concepts going - then show the customer.

    I will put it together in a nice folder all printed on 8x10 photo paper.

    I order some samples of Smaltz - so I will show that as well as the photo of a sign with a smaltz background.

    Sooo - this is round one.

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