Sign & Digital Graphics

December '17

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2 • December 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 - V O L U M E 3 2 , N O . 3 Contents 6 The Long View Looking forward at year's end By Ken Mergentime 8 In the Trenches Christmas carol By Rick Williams ELECTRIC SIGNAGE Covering advances in illuminated signage, including electronic displays, message centers, channel letters and more. 16 Eyeing EMCs The latest technology and the sign maker's role By Ryan Fugler RUNNING THE BUSINESS Covering sign industry trends, legal issues, finances, sales, marketing, sign codes, shop maintenance and more. 22 Make it Your Business "I can buy it cheaper down the block" By Vince DiCecco 26 Designing Award-Winning Signs Collecting Design Fees By Matt Charboneau MASTERS TOUCH Covering traditional pin striping, airbrush painting, gold leaf, carving, screen printing and more. 29 Looking for Trouble Restoring painted signs: let me count the ways By Steven Vigeant PRINTING AND FINISHING Covering the latest in digital printing, media, ink and finishing for banners, backlits, graphics and more. 33 Digital Die Cutter Applications The first cut is the deepest By Bill Schiffner 40 The Digital Eye Low-poly portrait By Stephen Romaniello 45 2017 Wide-Format Printer Resource Guide Essential stats and information on today's printers ©2017 National Business Media, Inc., all rights reserved. Sign & Digital Graphics (ISSN 2158-1533) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80020; (303) 469-0424, Fax (303) 469-5730. Subscription rates in the US: One year, $45; Two years, $80; Three years, $108. Canada: One year, $76; Two years, $142; Three years, $201 (U.S. funds). Mexico/International: One year, $98; Two years, $186; Three years, $267 (U.S. funds). Periodicals Postage Paid at Broomfield, CO 80020 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automatable Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Sign & Digital Graphics, PO Box 460794, Escondido, CA 92046-0794. All items submitted to Sign & Digital Graphics become the sole property of Sign & Digital Graphics and National Business Media, Inc. and cannot be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. Advertisers and/or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liabilities for printed advertisements in Sign & Digital Graphics. Opinions expressed in Sign & Digital Graphics may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine, its management or its advertisers. Letters, pictures and manuscripts welcome. Page 29 DIGITAL GRAPHICSL Page 33

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