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We have had a many books in our Industry over the years.  Some good Engineering to Gallery Books.  What we have been lacking are some good "Technical" Sign Design Books

 

Sign Design Books.com is by far one of the most unique books in our Industry.

 

They have been more in the underground but I've known about them for sometime.

 

No book by any means is perfect, BUT...as a Business Owners stand point, this book series I would make every employee read.  From the installer, fabricator and sales force.  Once someone is hired, these books are handed to them.  It's a very well rounded book series that is updated regularity.... I would go so far as to say it's manual of "why" for our industry.

 

I would like SDB to write test material to go along with this series for mere employment reasons.

 

The other Books which I don't have hard copies of are 

 

How to Draw Attachment Details 

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and their NEWEST

 

How to Write Sign Specifications

 

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No matter what your position is in our Grand Trade / Industry, the more well rounded and knowledgeable you are, the more valuable you are.  The same goes for our employees.  

 

We have a lot of installers, fabricators, and sales that DON'T understand what the other departments are doing and "WHY".  

 

WHY Sign Design is SO much different than Graphic Design.  This series will break away the bad habits of the Graphic Designer and bring them closer to Sign Design.

 

These Books build strong bridges between departments,.

 

For your beginner Sign Designer staff, this book is an even BIGGER plus for them to start reading before  company training even starts, they'll have a big head start that may make training even that much easier

 

Go Visit them  http://signbusinessbooks.com/

 

Tell'em "Large Marge Sent Ya"

 

 

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8 hours ago, Erik Sine said:

Sign Desgin.JPG

 

 

 

 

We have had a many books in our Industry over the years.  Some good Engineering to Gallery Books.  What we have been lacking are some good "Technical" Sign Design Books

 

Sign Design Books.com is by far one of the most unique books in our Industry.

 

They have been more in the underground but I've known about them for sometime.

 

No book by any means is perfect, BUT...as a Business Owners stand point, this book series I would make every employee read.  From the installer, fabricator and sales force.  Once someone is hired, these books are handed to them.  It's a very well rounded book series that is updated regularity.... I would go so far as to say it's manual of "why" for our industry.

 

I would like SDB to write test material to go along with this series for mere employment reasons.

 

The other Books which I don't have hard copies of are 

 

How to Draw Attachment Details 

how-to-draw-attachment-details.jpg

 

and their NEWEST

 

How to Write Sign Specifications

 

tn.jpg

 

No matter what your position is in our Grand Trade / Industry, the more well rounded and knowledgeable you are, the more valuable you are.  The same goes for our employees.  

 

We have a lot of installers, fabricators, and sales that DON'T understand what the other departments are doing and "WHY".  

 

WHY Sign Design is SO much different than Graphic Design.  This series will break away the bad habits of the Graphic Designer and bring them closer to Sign Design.

 

These Books build strong bridges between departments,.

 

For your beginner Sign Designer staff, this book is an even BIGGER plus for them to start reading before  company training even starts, they'll have a big head start that may make training even that much easier

 

Go Visit them  http://signbusinessbooks.com/

 

Tell'em "Large Marge Sent Ya"

 

 

Been in the sign biz for 20 plus and never heard of these books.....would have been great to train a new hire, a designer....a sales person......holy cow......was my head in a cloud or what?  Where have they been hiding?  Too late now, I'm just an observer ………...

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27 minutes ago, kellymartin said:

Been in the sign biz for 20 plus and never heard of these books.....would have been great to train a new hire, a designer....a sales person......holy cow......was my head in a cloud or what?  Where have they been hiding?  Too late now, I'm just an observer ………...

 

As I read your comment I was thinking to myself "20 years" is a long time.  Then I did my own personal math of 2020 - 1993 =

 

I just sunk into my seat, I'll leave it at that.

 

 

 

 

But yes, most books in our industry are horrible.  Most Magazines or Sign Associations hijacked or bought out most of those writers.  Have some horrible strong arm stories, but that's for another time 


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Another good book (out of print so you will have to search for a copy) is Sign Structures and Foundations "A guide for designers and estimators".   it was a Signs of the Times book and the author is Peter B Horsley.    The copyright date on mine is from 1984.   I did a quick google and there are some copies out there.   

It's a great book to help you to get basic footing, wind load, etc. calculations using basic math - no calculus required.   Way back when we road dinosaurs to work, I made a spreadsheet using it and have been using that to get me pretty darn close for freestanding signs for many moons.   Of course no engineer I've ever asked about my spreadsheet will even respond.   After all, I don't have that piece of paper and so can't possibly be able to do math.  😉

It also goes into lighting design but of course doesn't have any info on LED's. 

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