USSC Sign Design Winners Announced

The judging is in, and once again, the 2015 USSC Sign Design Competition demonstrates that the members of the United States Sign Council (USSC) are highly creative designers—coming up with some of the most innovative ideas in sign design throughout the country.


The thirteen First Place winners are featured in the organization’s 2016 USSC Sign Design Calendar, which was mailed to all USSC members (and also available at the USSC Sign World International event being held December 3-5 in Atlantic City, New Jersey).


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.


Judges this year were Curtis Arbaugh from Gable Companies in Baltimore, Maryland and Richard Crawford of Mercer Sign Consultants in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It is very difficult, when looking at some many quality entries, to choose just one winner in each category, and USSC appreciates the efforts of this year’s judges.


This year’s “Best in Show” was awarded to John Cash, designer at Creative Sign Designs in Tampa, Florida, for Traditions Center for Innovation (an entry that also claimed First Place for the “Monument Sign, Internal Illumination” category).


Other First Place winners included:


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“Banners, Murals, or Supergraphics”
Sign Here of Hagerstown, Maryland (company and location)
Jason Summers (designer)
American Legion Post #10 (project)


“Building Sign, External or Non-Illuminated”
L&H Companies of Reading, Pennsylvania (company and location)
Michelle Kienle (designer)
Go Fish Restaurant (project)


“Building Sign, Internal Illumination”
Creative Sign Designs of Tampa, Florida (company and location)
Doug Foster (designer)
Capitol Theatre (project)


“Carved/Dimensional, Affixed to a Building”
House of Signs of Frisco, Colorado (company)
Roger Cox and Periandros Damoulis (designers)
Motherlode Provisions (project)


“Carved/Dimensional, Monument or Freestanding”
Peachtree City Foamcraft of Schnecksville, Pennsylvania (company)
Peachtree City Foamcraft and Custom Sign & Engineering (designers)
Jasper Gift Basket & Popcorn Company (project)


“Electronic Message Center Sign”
Neokraft Signs of Lewiston, Maine (company and location)

Neokraft Signs (designer)
Oxford Casino (project)


“Freestanding Sign, External or Non-illuminated”
Stoner Graphix, Inc., of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (company and location)
Kurt Stoner (designer)
Bow Creek Farm & Cattle Co. (project)


“Freestanding Sign, Internal Illumination”
Riverside Neon Sign Co., of Riverside, California (company and location)
Gary D. Konrell and Phil Rudy (designers)
Main Street USA – Farmer Boys (project)


“Monument Sign, External or Non-illuminated”
Lunsford Signs Inc., of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado (company and location)
Joel Lunsford (designer)
Grand Elk (project)


Danthonia Designs of New South Wales, Australia (company)
Nancy Kaiser (designer)
Joseph Banks Secondary College (project)


“Sign Systems”
Visual Communications of St. Paul, Minnesota (company)
Constance Carlson and Cheryl Long O’Donnell (designers)
Allina Health (project)


Lunsford Signs, Inc., of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado (company)
Joel Lunsford (designer)
Grand County Landscaping (project)

The United States Sign Council is an association of sign professionals dedicated to providing research and education to all who are involved in the sign industry. Membership is open to any person or firm concerned with the advancement of the sign industry, particularly as such advancement impacts professional growth, positive public perception, and ongoing educational and training programs.

For more information, contact USSC at 215/785-1922 or visit