Way finding signs

 To provide a seamless experience for the guests of the park most of the signs will be dimensional. This includes some normally mundane entrance and exit signs for the rides and attractions. The ‘sandblasted wood’ signs will have raised, prismatic letters in a cartoon font that matches the park logo. As always it starts with the vectors.

I used the outlines of the sign to create a flat relief.

I then used the sandblasted woodgrain bitmap to add some texture.

The lettering outlines were built as separate flat reliefs and then merged to the background  relief.

 Lastly I modified the background relief by added the bevel lettering.

There were seven of each sign plus their backs to route and they would have filled an entire 4 x 8 sheet of Precision Board. But There always seem to be an abundance of smaller pieces left over from other projects so I took a little extra time and used them instead. The next shot is of the signs glued up and ready for a little hand work with the die grinder. An hour of work will get them all ready for the paint crew.

Stay tuned for a shot of the finished pieces…

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Dan Sawatzky

Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force in the sign industry. He and his wife Janis are owners of Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation – a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional theme signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous international awards and Dan’s articles appear frequently in the sign trade publications. Dan and his crew also host Sign Magic and Sculpting Workshops in their studio a number of times each year with attendees coming from around the world. For more information please visit www.imaginationcorporation.com

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