Top 6 Sign Stories in May 2021

During the month of May, Sign Builder Illustrated covered a variety of business management topics, most notably the challenge of finding workers for sign shops.

Also popular in May was our Women Leaders special supplement, the latest episode of our Shop Talk podcast, and a few articles focusing on digital printing.

Did you miss any of this month’s top sign stories?

1. Shop Talk Podcast, Episode 7: Dispelling the Top Digital Printing Myths

On this episode of the Shop Talk podcast, we speak with Michael Maxwell, Senior Manager of Corporate Strategic Development at Mimaki USA, to get to the bottom of some of the myths and misconceptions being spread in the digital printing market.

2. On-Demand Webinar: Successful Ways to Recruit Younger Workers to Your Shop

In this webinar as part of our “On the Floor” educational webinar series, we speak with Thomas Lamont of the U.S. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School (Valley Tech) and Stephanie Poyant Moran of Poyant Signs about the ways in which they are helping to attract young talent to the sign industry.

skills gap manufacturing jobs crisis3. Having Trouble Finding Workers? You’re Not Alone.

One the biggest challenges facing the sign industry is finding/retaining employees—especially younger employees as the sign workforce ages. A recent study released by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, shows the U.S. manufacturing skills gap could leave as many as 2.1 million jobs unfilled by 2030, and it could cost the U.S. economy as much as $1 trillion.

4. Print Proofing in a Digital Age

The purpose of proofing a print job is to create a contract between the printer and the customer. This article explores why the print proofing process is so important and how it’s done.


5. Solution Combines Branding with Privacy

When building a new office space in New Jersey that included conference rooms and offices with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and windows, Cognizant sought a unique way to incorporate company branding and employee privacy.

6. Women Leaders: Owning Up

The sign industry is no stranger to women-owned businesses. In our recent June issue, we highlighted five of these boundary-breaking female leaders in our special spotlight, Women Leaders 2021.