A prohibition look to a casual but refined tavern housed in a century grand home on main street Thornbury Ontario.
An established premium cheese shop in Thorbury Ontario felt they weren't connecting with passerbys and were seeking signage that was more engaging and fitted to their business, location and building.
The challege was create a street presence with a small hanging sign (restricted by local bylaws) on the large blank face of their strore front.
The solution was in the sign hanger, it was designed to utilize and visually activate the broad empty storefront creating movement and interest. The the form and materials respected the building's (and village's) historic beginnings, anchoring the design in the charm of this early Ontario Village.
The sign shape was kept simple so as not to distract from the form of the sign holder and their (established) logo.
I came across a simple & classic sign I designed/crafted a few years ago... It's holding up well against the elements.
Directional sandwich board style sign for Creemore Farmers' Market.
A realator wished to create a presence on the main street in Collingwood's heritage district. They need to keep their fresh professional image while appearing grounded and established.
The full span facia design set into architectural crowning, visualy combines the sign with the building's structure . Employing the building's mass lends a greater presence while remaining understated.
The crafted features ( grooved lines raised letters, panels and logo) speak to the quality and refined professionalism of the real estate broker it represents.
A simple yet effective design - says everything it needs to.
This client's home was designed and built in a arts and crafts style with a minimalist (scottish)presperterian sensibility.
This sign design's goal is to create the silky smooth fresh taste of gelato at a glance.
The playful circle design emulates balled scoops of gelato. The typestyle and panel shape is inspired by gelato's decadent smooth round taste.
A refreshing beacon on a hot summer's day.
Came upon what was left of a sign I designed and crafted for a french Bistro in Erin Ontario.
I can only assume the drastic changes where made to improve the effectiveness of the sign.
From a purely visual perspective, taste is subjective - An object can say beauty for one or public defacing for another.
... we certainly are an odd bunch.
A simple gestured carving can express the qualities of those who dwell within.
An entrance sign (studio photo) from my portfolio.
Pulling out tools to ready the process for a couple of carvings I'll be working on in the next couple of weeks. I'm excitedly looking forward to the experience of carving again.
This is a sign I carved in 1992 out of redwood. Couloured using Benjamin Moore latex paints. ` 48" x 36"
A sign design created for an early Ontario century farm. The logo was supplied.
My goal was to create a design that would respect the history and architecture of the early 1800’s. lending an authentic, established and grounded quality to the final piece. Some of the other considerations were the quiet sophistication of the house architecture and the rustic qualities and functionality of the farm .
St Alban’s Church - Sign Rationale
The design of the sign must be in keeping with the historical integrity of the site. It is important to design in proper proportion to the building and with visibility from the road. In essence to make it look as though it has always been there. The sign shape was determined by the pitch of the church roof and general proportions of the building. Features such as the bottom curve, small corbel supports and Gothic shape cap were alsoinspired by details of the architecture., The cross is the same as the one used on the church steeple and shares a focal point with the cursive type style that was typical of that time period. The single post is used to simplify the design, complimenting but not taking away from the sign. Colours are warm, earthy, natural, and grounded that harmonize with the colour of the stone and lend an overall simple elegance and dignity. The proposed placement would provide correct relation to the building and serve as a welcome along the path.
Overall the design effortlessly blends with the site as classically and timelessly as the church itself.
A windy but beautiful spring day when I snapped this photo of the bank cafe sign I made a couple of years ago - looks like new.