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Browsing Archive: December, 2011

Behind the scenes

Posted by Mark I on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, In : More about Us 
It always gets a little slow as the new year rolls into our tourist town, with many business owners opting to close until spring, or at least modify their schedule to coincide with the weekend visitors. With those schedule changes comes an unfortunate lull in many businesses owners self investment strategies. Some visionary business people recognize the opportunity to get our full attention in the off-season without having to compete with their peers that put off new signs until 'the season' ...
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'Tis the Season

Posted by Mark I on Monday, December 19, 2011, In : Project Showcase 
Last week I was wrapping up about 5 hours on the MultiCam router cutting parts of various projects- and the neighbor stopped by while the router system was still running.

For a couple of weeks she has been suggesting that we put together a 'DITTO' sign for her porch. (I think she's trying to avoid decorating her whole house- and she has a good sense of humor). I had agreed to it, although I had been avoiding it since the router hasn't run for several days, and I'm always in a hurry when it is ...
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Quick! We need a sign!

Posted by Mark I on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, In : Project Showcase 
That headline is misleading. They didn't rush me, I offered a rush delivery to meet a self imposed deadline of holiday accommodations traffic at the Y.

There's been some development going on at the YMCA of the Rockies- Estes Park Center. Over the last couple of years, they have built, and remodeled and set a new standard for any-size-group facilities for conferences or even small family trips. This Y is impressive, not like the neighborhood YMCA you may have visited while growing up. Here, the...
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Why the World Needs Signmakers

Posted by Mark I on Sunday, December 11, 2011, In : Signs we've seen 
We traveled to the Boulder Dept of Motor Vehicle for Trevor to take his Driving Test last week, and during the course of waiting (and waiting), this sign stared at me intently.

I don't think it meant to stare at me, but I was sitting right under it, waiting for the driving examiner to call Trevor's name, and then return with my son from one of the first real trials of becoming an adult.



I wonder if the person who said: "I can just make a sign, boss" knows how many people see their sign, and how...
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Rust to Gold for D&S

Posted by Mark I on Thursday, December 1, 2011, In : Auto repair sign process 

Applying the metal paste/paint to the edge of the sign panel. This paint is embedded with iron particles that make the HDU foam look like it's really metal.


Good news, in this case- the rusted edge of the D&S sign... It wasn't easy, either!

To continue the macho-metal look of this sign, I chose a rusty edge and it's looking good, almost ready to deliver. It's a 2 part paint process, laying a thick iron embedded base down that is almost like a metal paste. Always going for the best finish, I app...
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Signs of Life, Inc   Estes Park, Colorado   (970) 586-6995 

... meet the signmaker


Mark Igel It all started in 1992, I was working full time as a Paramedic and made a few signs on the side. The word got out, so I made a few more... People will pay me to make signs? I was in! This business is an exciting creative outlet that has allowed me to use cutting edge technology and release the ideas from inside my head- while offering effective signs to our customers. Today alongside my wife Kelly, we're doing our best to raise 7 children from 8-17 years old. I continue to volunteer with the Fire District, and enjoy Scouts with our sons.