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Sign Painters

Sign Painters

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Companion book to the Sign Painters film by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon. Following introductory remarks from the authors, Ed Ruscha, and Glen Adamson, this books tells the stories of 26 American sign painters in their own words.

Richly illustrated, and beautifully produced, Sign Painters is the best contemporary account of the people that ply the sign painting trade.


"Sign Painters is a welcome addition to any sign-making enthusiast's reference library. Not only does it offer engaging portraits of seasoned veterans, but it also introduces readers to a new generation of practitioners who have adopted the trade and are taking it in new and surprising directions." — Ken Barber, House Industries

"Their signs are part of every community, as welcome and familiar as a friend, but the sign painters themselves are so rarely known. Levine and Macon gather their stories together so we can understand and admire their craft, their tradition, but most of all, their passion." — Tobias Frere-Jones, Frere-Jones Type

"One letter at a time—that how you appreciate <em>Sign Painters</em> and their stories, a fascinating collection of craftsmanship, clarity, and confidence that is assembled, like its topic, in a few certain strokes. Makes me wonder if I'm in the wrong profession." — Stephen Doyle, Doyle Partners

"I have always felt an affinity with sign painters, at first mainly as a source of forms and styles, since we were all using the same twenty-six characters in their infinite variations and constantly needed other inspirations. But later on, I recognised that these superbly skilled and inventive lettering artists had developed something special in and of itself. This book reveals their true genius." — Ed Fella


  • 190 × 240 mm (7.5 x 9.5 in)
  • Softcover, 176 pages
  • 565 g (20 oz)
  • ISBN: 978-1-61689-083-4
  • Published 2013

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