Hand-Painted Letters by Forrest Wozniak!
I've always been fascinated with sign painting. This trade is not all that different from letterpress – in an age of digital/vinyl printing, skilled craftspeople are making high-quality, hand-painted signs that stand out from the crowd. Sign painters pay the same amount of attention as letterpress printers do to letter style, spacing, color, etc – they just do it with a brush.
The Twin Cities has a great, vibrant community of sign painters, and it's always been my dream to have my shop name painted on my studio door. Last November, I was so excited to partner with Forrest Wozniak to make this happen!
From the beginning, I knew that I didn't just want my logo painted on the door. My logo is based on digital type (something I hope to get around to changing sooner or later), not hand-drafted letters – and it seemed wrong to hire a sign painter to just approximate a digital type design. So, I asked Forrest to meet me in the studio, and draft a design that matched the spirit and ethos of the shop.
I pretty much loved what he came up with. In particular, I'm a fan of the diagonal stress on those e's. The only edit I had was to make the a in "and" lowercase.
We decided on classic gold and black for the paint color, and on a chilly day in November, Forrest gave my shop its sign!
Forrest was awesome to work with, and extremely knowledgeable about typography and lettering. Next time you're in the area, stop by and take a gander at his work.