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matthewota

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  1. As a designer, I recently completed a drawing using Cirrus product. All I can say is that I got very good technical support when I called them. I drew a CAD like technical drawing of a sign using their EMS systems.
  2. What city are you moving to?
  3. 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
  4. I sent you an email on September 24th. I have yet to hear from you.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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/
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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/
  12. A client I work with uses an online project management system called ProWorkFlow: Pro Work Flow
  13. A client I work with uses an online project management system called ProWorkFlow: www.proworkflow.com/try/?gclid=CjwKCAjw75HWBRAwEiwAdzefxF_TBJPDdyOiORZtuYx6xGcT3LKZogNyRfCIfVZ7IgbGy-b2YxJDyBoCKn8QAvD_BwE#
  14. 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

  15. 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.
  16. I have a lot of respect for sign installers. Thiers is a dangerous occupation.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Thank You for your kind sentiments. I have had mobility problems, but I can still sit on console and draw signs...
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