April 2024 Digital Edition

April 2024 CoverMeet the next generation of sign makers. Sign Builder Illustrated’s much-anticipated April 2024 digital edition features the winners of this year’s SBI Young Sign Makers Awards, as well as two impressive honorable mentions.

Learn about this month’s cover subject, gold winner Brittany Gacsy, who has made her mark with projects at Orlando, Florida’s most famous amusement parks—getting her start with Disney Imagineering before working with clients like Universal Studios as Director of Project Management at Sign Producers, Inc. (SPI).

At the age of 22, silver winner Elijah James Badoui Minaise is set to graduate with an Electric Journeyman’s license this year, after attaining a welding certification and crane operator’s license at only 18. Meanwhile, bronze honoree Matthew Cline has designed and installed some of the most seen signs in the country at Nashville’s Broadway Street bars and venues.

Gain fresh ideas for faux neon in our story about the signage at The Mining Exchange Hotel, a fixture in downtown Colorado Springs dating to 1902. Branding firm Loaded For Bear conceptualized an idea for rejuvenating the long-standing blade sign with a fresh look and more efficient lighting, tapping locally based Sign Shop Illuminated to bring its vision to life.

But not everyone approves of LED alternatives. In a letter to the editor, find out why Todd Matuszewicz, general manager of Denver-based Morry’s Neon and a Master’s student of Historic Preservation, firmly believes, “Historic neon signs are irreplaceable, inimitable cultural treasures.”

You can also explore today’s digital printing applications as Jason Brown, owner of Signarama Dixie Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, breaks down how to get more from your equipment.

Speaking of printing, learn why the truck and tractor pull circuit may be an overlooked market when it comes to wraps. Michigan-based Race Wrapz used over 210 square feet of vinyl to produce an electrifying full wrap for a 1969 Dodge W-200 Power Wagon pulling truck with a fiberglass body.

Other issue highlights include tips about how to embrace a lean quality production philosophy where quality, cost and delivery intersect (also known as QCD); valuable advice on how to work successfully with area planners; a FASTSIGNS 2024 Convention recap; and much more.

Check out the April 2024 digital edition of Sign Builder Illustrated today!