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Some signwriters… NGS heads up on vinyl stencils

I’ve been looking around a host of websites recently taking a look at what other writers have been up to and it’s interesting to see the variation in work.

One this struck me was how many writers employ an approach the contrasts the current trend today.

Creative Signwriting has grow out of the brewery industry by and large and this DNA seems to permeate most styles of writing from the traditional sign companies, despite the use of digital technology.

Enough said today signwriting isn’t just about the artisan it’s about the brand and how it becomes enriched in paint… via the brush.

I say via the brush because this is where the practice is splitting off.

A number of writers are claiming to use hand painting when in fact they are using sign stencils… a vinyl mask that is laid pressed and then filled with enamel.  This creates the illusion of writing yet is really little better than applied vinyl because the end result has no hand made painted cutting.

  Left:  Peeling off Vinyl stencil

This is OK if you are looking for a discount solution – hey hold on… make sure the writer offers you a discount on vinyl masking because it is a quick fix solution and should cost 50% of the traditional painted rata.

By hand I mean applying with the brush in the traditional way… no shortcuts or gimics.

Above:  Writing in the Modern context – by hand

When I create a sign it is via the skill and execution of 32 years… in a modern way.  You end up with artistry, and accuracy in Corp ID.

The vinyl stencil is mechanical and doesn’t compare… but that’s just my opinion!


Nick Garrett NGS









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 London sign writer Nick Garrett

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What’s so important is having an absolutely reliable creative team at your disposal and coming from a product development industry I know how to get your product on the wall finished for your perfect launch.

Above traditional flourish gilding in the morning – Below: shear graphic branding in the afternoon.  Traditional signwriting is actually incredibly versatile: able to become very proper and very modern in a brushstroke.

         Nick Garrett, NGS

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Q  How do we get started on a new sign writing order?

I will usually ask you for some photos of the job location, deadline and JPG of the design you require – I then create a visual and costings in 12-24hrs. If you need a design created I can do that along the lines of what you like, want, need. Just ask and I’ll do my best! 

Remember your name is important but you must say exactly what you do in order to gain success from your new sign concept.

What file type should I be sending for output/design?

JPG is the most common file type although almost any file type can be utilised such as jpeg, tiff, eps, pdf, ai, psd, dxf, dwg and many more.

Q  What size and resolution should my artwork be?

Artwork should be at least 72 dpi and a maximum of 300 dpi at full size if your artwork for instance is half size it should be twice the final desired output resolution.

Q  How long will I have to wait for my order?

We usually can turn round most of our clients requirements in a week or two dependant on the brief. If a tight deadline is required please contact us and we will endeavour to meet your requirements. Always state your expected delivery, collection or fitting date on your order.

What do I do if I am unsure of my requirements?

Talk to me.  I am always happy to help and advise on all aspects of your requirements. I can arrange a site survey. Remember always ask and I will always advise whether asked or not on the best visual solution and most cost effective your job requires.

Q  Is there a minimum order cost or a minimum quantity requirement?

In a word no, although a minimum call out of 80.00 does apply to small one-off works.

Q  Do I need to get a professional to create artwork or drawings? 

Usually we will tweak your design to fit yr fascia or window dimensions.

We can produce your every design wish from either a sketch, vocal brief or existing artwork – on some complex projects we recommend several graphic designers who can also assist.  

As part of more intricate projects NGS can create pure graphic layouts, logos or 3D, autoCad, technical drawings either from scratch or amend existing artwork or ideas.

Q  Does NGS only operate in the UK?

NGS can work pretty much anywhere in the world. We use international carriers and have experienced crews to travel to any continent.

… any other questions just let me know. Nick Garrett NGS



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