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matthewota

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matthewota last won the day on December 29 2009

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About matthewota

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  • Birthday 01/08/1957

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    http://matthewotasignportfolio.wordpress.com
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  • Name
    Matthew
  • Company
    Yama Design Service
  • Job Title
    Sign Designer, production artist
  • Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Gender
    Male
  • Interests
    Besides signs...Astronomy, space science, history, Dodgers Baseball Things Japanese and learning new things.

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  • Company Type
    Designer

Quick Company Info

  • Address
    11500 Nimitz Ave C136L
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
  • Equipment
    CorelDraw X5, PhotoShop CS2. Illustrator CS2

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  1. 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.
  2. Worker Hurt in Crane Collapse

    I have a lot of respect for sign installers. Thiers is a dangerous occupation.
  3. 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.
  4. Happy Friday

    Good Advice....
  5. Sign Designer needed

    If you need a sign designer to temporarily supply you with drawings until you find a local candidate, please consider my services. I can work for you via telecommuting. You can see my online portfolio here: https://matthewotasignportfolio.wordpress.com/ Best regards Matthew Ota
  6. corel x4 font help

    If you are not aware of it, go to www.whatthefont.com to identify matches
  7. I think yo man "accepting resumes"....
  8. George in the big picture I can agree with you one one thing. We have the freedom of speech in this country, so we also have it on this forum. I am having vision problems. I have one friend that is totally blind, and another one that is partially blind. If you have problems later in life with vision you will see how important is is to have ADA signs and regulations. Our population is rapidly aging. More and more baby boomers are going into senior citizenship. As for the restroom topic, it is so very controversial not only in the sign industry but with the general public. I choose not to get to much into the fray. In my culture, the nail that sticks up gets pounded down. I will no longer participate in this thread. Too much acrimony here. Sayonara.. and I wish you peace and happiness.
  9. I will not get into the shower issue as I do not design shower signs. If we do away with urinals and just use stalls, then unisex bathrooms work. It will also work for transgender people. So proprieters can still have only two bathrooms. One unisex etc. and one for men only or women only, the people who do not want anything to do with transgender people. Then all they have to do is remove all urinals and go with all stalls.
  10. In my short stint working for Sharon Toji who is known as "The ADA Sign Lady" I learned why we have government mandated ADA signs. Sharon is legally blind, and I am not that far behind her. If we went back to the cheap flat restroom signs of Pre ADA days, it would be extremely difficult for any blind or semiblind person to find the correct restroom. As the baby boom generation goes into senior citizenship, with all of the medical problems that ensue with aging. ADA. Knocking ADA signage is definitely WRONG. I see noting wrong with acommidating transgender people. Just where in the hell are they going to go to use the restroom? It is not a new problem, It has always been ignored in the past. No one is "knocking ADA" signs. And where in the hell have they been peeing for the last 100 years? Man, I've bitten my tongue on many of your posts in the past. But this post of yours, takes the cake. Let a man go pee with your 7 yr old daughter. If you have no problem with that. You're part of the problem, not the solution. .03% of the population, reportedly considers themselves transgender. Why on Earth would the other 99.7% have to accommodate their bathroom choice. You got a stick in your pants, use the mens room. Remove the stick, use the womens. It's that damn simple. All I can say is, "Ouch" I am not a vitriolic person.
  11. Arguing with geomery

    Rapid Tack is the best choice. But soap works in a pinch in the field if you forget your rapid tack. I learned in the military to always have a backup plan.
  12. Arguing with geomery

    I used to use RapidTac. I wonder if it is still available.
  13. In my short stint working for Sharon Toji who is known as "The ADA Sign Lady" I learned why we have government mandated ADA signs. Sharon is legally blind, and I am not that far behind her. If we went back to the cheap flat restroom signs of Pre ADA days, it would be extremely difficult for any blind or semiblind person to find the correct restroom. As the baby boom generation goes into senior citizenship, with all of the medical problems that ensue with aging. ADA. Knocking ADA signage is definitely WRONG. I see noting wrong with acommidating transgender people. Just where in the hell are they going to go to use the restroom? It is not a new problem, It has always been ignored in the past.
  14. Back to work

    Thank You for your kind sentiments. I have had mobility problems, but I can still sit on console and draw signs...
  15. Looks like a lot of structural elements held the sign up on the fascia. I wonder it it was engineered properly....
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