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matthewota last won the day on October 11

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About matthewota

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    Yama Design Service
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    Sign Designer, production artist
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    Los Angeles, CA
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    Besides signs...Astronomy, space science, history, Dodgers Baseball Things Japanese and learning new things.

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    11500 Nimitz Ave C136L<br />
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
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    CorelDraw v 19 (2017), PhotoShop CS2. Illustrator CS2

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  1. Toggle Switches

    I go here: Explore the 2017 NEC® It does not mention the section on toggle switches, not has the section on LED signage. And this is the NFPA site with NEC codes supposedly
  2. I sent you an email on September 24th. I have yet to hear from you.
  3. LED Components - You Should Be Worried

    We have difficulties with Communist China that are outside of the sign industry world. ON a basic level, their form of government is rife with corruption that is endemic to their entire economy.
  4. NO SPEC

    I have had trouble with one particular sign shop that have given me checks that bounced and promises to pay that fell through. I finally told them I would not draw for them anymore. They relented now by paying me an advance on future work. They paid me $200 and I will give them $200 worth of work then demand more advance.
  5. International Sign Assocation - UK

    U.S. Sign designers need an organization, a guild, and dare I might say even a union. Sign designers in the larger sign companies are overworked and underpaid. Would you work for $14 an hour in the high cost of living Los Angeles basin? I sure as hell won't.
  6. NO SPEC

    Most sign company owners and brokers honor the work of designers whether the job sells or not. However, some people refuse to pay for designs even after the designer has invested many hours and work into the project. When a salesman fails to sell a job it is not the concern or fault of the designer. Regardless of the outcome of the project, the designer should be compensated for his work. It is grossly unfair to refuse to pay for work. Sign designers do not sell signs, they sell sign drawings and designs. Pay us accordingly! https://www.nospec.com/

    Me too. As a vendor to sign shops and corporations, I want written instructions when it comes to making sign drawings. Verbal instructions can be forgotten. They do not hold up in court, either. I need written instructions on drawings and that is what I get, through email and redlined drawings.
  8. International Sign Assocation - UK

    There is also a Sign Design Society in the UK: http://www.signdesignsociety.co.uk/ We do not have an equivalent Sign Design Association here in the USA. We need one. Just for sign designers.
  9. For those of you that saw the news report posting about the Palm Tree Sign in Anchorage Alaska, here is the video that Denali Disposal made about it. http://denalidisposal.com/the-palm-tree/
  10. A client I work with uses an online project management system called ProWorkFlow: Pro Work Flow
  11. A client I work with uses an online project management system called ProWorkFlow: www.proworkflow.com/try/?gclid=CjwKCAjw75HWBRAwEiwAdzefxF_TBJPDdyOiORZtuYx6xGcT3LKZogNyRfCIfVZ7IgbGy-b2YxJDyBoCKn8QAvD_BwE#
  12. I have tried repeatedly for you to pay on the invoice that I have submitted over and over again. It is advisable that you try to maintain your business integrity by paying your suppliers

    Signmakers Invoice 00005 02 16 18.xlsx

  13. Sign Of The Time Part II

    Like it or not, neon is dying. One shop that I work with still has a tube bender. But the majority of the neon work is for repairing or retrofitting old neon signs. Heck, even the neon signs on his store are broken and he does not bother to fix them. I attended the latest NBM show in Long Beach. THere was NOT ONE neon display or vendor. It as all LEDs.
  14. Worker Hurt in Crane Collapse

    I have a lot of respect for sign installers. Thiers is a dangerous occupation.
  15. Sign Industry Fake News

    You all need to look at a much larger picture. The magazine industry as a whole is in a process of large changes. There are now more magazines with less content. Signs of the Times has been my favorite magazine in this industry. Yes, it has got thinner, but many other magazines have become thinner. A good example is Aviation Week & Space Technology. I subscribed from 1977 to 1992 when I worked in the aerospace industry. They still publish weekly but the paper is much thinner and the magazine has fewer pages than it did 30 years ago. The advent of the internet has put the pinch on magazines and newspapers.