Is signwriting making a come back?

Signwriting has been around since Roman times and is without a doubt one of the most visually appealing and cost effective ways for getting your message across. 

Signwriting / Sign making has been one of the fastest changing industries over the last 30 years. With the introduction of technology such as digital printers, vinyl cutters and CNC Router Machines, the tradition of signwriting is just one of many different signage options available.

It has been thought over the recent years, with the introduction of both Core and now Digital signage that this part of the industry could become a lost art. And art it is. When a building that has been signwritten becomes old and the lettering fades, this really looks like art.  Other forms of signage don’t seem to have that same nostalgic feel when they start to weather.

All you needed to hone your skills in an apprenticeship within the sign industry some 40 years ago, was a toolbox full of brushes! Now the industry has changed so much they don’t even call the trade signwriting anymore.

At Kingman we are committed to training the next generation of sign writers and sign makers in Perth. We often have several apprentices starting out with us each year to learn the trade. With us they learn all facets of the sign making trade and because we cover so many signage fields at Kingman, the apprentices also get to learn all of our various manufacturing departments during their training. This includes digital print, paint, vinyl, steel fabrication, illumination techniques, acrylic fabrication and now digital kiosk technology.

Nowadays, it seems that signwriting is coming “back in”, or at least in Western Australia, that trend is rising. The likes of no more blank walls, an event in Mount Lawley which is highlighting muralists and street artists, inviting them to fill the streets with their artwork each day, offering workshop and discussions, shows how popular and culturally significant this type of art actually is currently.

Signwriting, Street Art, Murals… whatever you want to call it can beautify a space in a truly special way. Street Art itself, is thought to have evolved over time from graffiti, and has now become a completely different and more “commercialised” form of art. We are seeing a rise of Street Art being used intelligently by advertisers and brands in unique ways to provoke thought, carry a message or provide the beholder with a sense of feeling.

See below a few recent projects by our team including murals at Karrinyup Shopping Centre’s Car Parks, Hallways, Exterior Walls and Dog Swamp Shopping Centre’s Aldi Building.

Visit our sign writing page to learn more about what we can do, or contact our friendly team and we’ll be more than happy to help you with your own project.

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