USSC Announces 2012 Sign Design Winners

The judging is in, and the 2012 USSC Sign Design Competition demonstrates that the members of the United States Sign Council are highly creative designers—coming up with some of the most innovative ideas in sign design throughout the country. The USSC Sign Design Contest is one that judges real signs—signs that have been ordered by a customer and built to specification and signs that are being viewed by the general public day after day.

Gary Johnson, owner of The Great American Sign Company in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was awarded “Best in Show” as well as First Place in the “Carved/Dimensional Sign-Freestanding” category for his sign for the Bedminster Community Garden (see slideshow below list of First Place winners).

 Other First Place winners included:

“Banners, Murals, or Supergraphics”
Graphic Visions, Inc. (company)
Northville, Michigan (location)
Sue Dillon and Jeff Wild (designer)
(Protect Cell) (project)

“Building Sign, External/No Illumination”
Gable Signs & Graphics
Baltimore, Maryland
Curtis Arbaugh
(Clipper Mill)

“Building Sign, Illuminated”
Metro Sign & Awning
Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Susan MacGregor
(Oliver’s Nightclub)

“Carved/Dimensional, Affixed to a Building”
The Great American Sign Company
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Gary Johnson
(Bedminster Public Library).

“Electronic Message Center Sign”
Green Sign Company
Greensburg, Indiana
Shawn Green and Mike Harvey
(Erich K’s Collision)

“Freestanding Sign, External Illumination or Non-illuminated
Quint Creative Signs
Piqua, Ohio
Brian Quinter
(Purk Automotive)

“Freestanding Sign, Illumination”
Horst Signs
Myerstown, Pennsylvania
H. Horst and R. Bergey
(Horst Signs & Truck Lettering).

“Monument Sign, External Illumination or Non-illuminated”
Gable Signs & Graphics
Steve Roupe
(Deep Creek Village)

“Monument Sign, Illuminated”
DeNyse Companies
Douglasville, Georgia
Joe Ballew
(Allen Ridge Apartments)

Gable Signs & Graphics
Curtis Arbaugh
(Two Rivers Steak & Fish House)

“Sign Systems”
L&H Companies
Reading, Pennsylvania
Scott Long
(River Walk at Millennium)

Countryside Signs
Seekonk, Massachusetts
Mike Szczoczarz and Jay Szczoczarz
(Scorpio Towing)

  • Best in Show; First Place: Carved/Dimensional Sign-Freestanding

  • First Place: Banners, Murals, or Supergraphics

  • First Place: Building Sign, External/No Illumination

  • First Place: Building Sign, Illuminated

  • First Place: Carved/Dimensional, Affixed to a Building

  • First Place: Electronic Message Center Sign

  • First Place: Freestanding Sign, External Illumination or Non-illuminated

  • First Place: Freestanding Sign, Illumination

  • First Place: Monument Sign, External Illumination or Non-illuminated

  • First Place: Monument Sign, Illuminated

  • First Place: Multimedia (1 of 2)

  • First Place: Multimedia (2 of 2)

  • First Place: Sign Systems (1 of 3)

  • First Place: Sign Systems (2 of 3)

  • First Place: Sign Systems (3 of 3).

  • First Place: Vehicles (1 of 2)

  • First Place: Vehicles (2 of 2)


The USSC credits its judges who took time out of their busy schedules to serve the industry: Marty Jacobson of Forman Sign Co., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Bill Weigand of H.A. Weigand, Inc., in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

The winning entries will be featured in the USSC’s 2013 Sign Design Calendar; meanwhile all entries will be on display at USSC's Sign World International November 29 to December 1 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.



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