Sign Painters by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon

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This book features sign painters young and old, who are participating in a resurgence the art of sign painting.

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There was a time—as recently as the 1980s—when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our visual landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade. In 2010 filmmakers Faythe Levine, coauthor of Handmade Nation, and Sam Macon began documenting these dedicated practitioners, their time-honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features stories and photographs of more than two-dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States.

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Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 9.5 × 7.8 × 0.5 in

Princeton Architectural Press

Publish Date

October 24, 2012



Cover Material



184 pages


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